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Little House on the Prairie Redux

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A romanticized view of being a teacher led Adora Svitak—at the tender age of eight—to teach students twice her age. In her 2012 BIF Talk, fourteen-year-old Svitak shares the anxiety she felt trying to be an all-knowing authority figure and the revelation she had that learning is not a weakness and does not stop when one becomes a teacher—a lesson for teachers of any age or era.

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