"Grows Old" by Thirdstory, The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc., 2016
Dan and I became friends because he was the one other Asian teacher at our school back in 2006. We would revel in the shortsightedness of faculty members, as they occasionally got us confused, even though we looked nothing alike. Little did we know, we were more similar than we realized.
As first generation Asian males, who grew up with a mediocre interest in our educational experiences, we ironically have grown into passionate pursuers of unorthodox teaching methods, which would - to traditional schooling - sound like nails on a chalkboard. However, instead of being burdened with social ideals that seem to have polarized autonomous thinking, we are willing to give two minutes to the possibility of not always being right, though humbly admitting how great it certainly feels. I admire Dan, not only because of the work he and his computer science team have done in the name of education, but also what he stands for as an individual. It’s the kinda shit that is worth not just sitting around for.