I feel that the excerpt from Dostoevsky's "The Brothers Karamazov" that Coles' shares with us resonates deeply with me. Not only is he saying that what good memories are important, but that they are important for a person's education. I have wanted to be a teacher nearly all of my life. When I was younger my desire to be a teacher was firmly grounded in the belief that if I could give my students a positive experience in my classroom, then that would hopefully benefit them in their futures. I felt, and still feel, that a person's childhood is very important.
I feel that student's don't receive 'pause,' in the sense that Coles explains that stories do, often enough. I often see my peers reach senior year only to figure out that they cannot go to college because they don't have the credits, the grades, etc. I believe that in middle school, and perhaps earlier, students begin to form habits, and to make up their minds about whether or not they actually care about school.