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ERIC Number: EJ855059
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1084-6522
Gaudi, B. Scott
NCSSSMST Journal, v14 n1 p8-9 Fall 2008
The author grew up in Staunton, Illinois, a small town in the middle of the state about an hour northeast of St. Louis. Staunton is a rural community like many others in the midwest, populated by hardworking, down-to-earth people who value friends, family, and tradition. Staunton was not an easy place for someone like him to grow up and flourish. As a gifted, inquisitive kid who was more interested in books and science than football, he was an outsider in an environment where natural physical ability and adherence to tradition and the status quo was valued far more than intelligence, innovative thinking, questioning, and academic aptitude. In many ways, he has his parents to thank for his tenacity; they were and always have been enormously supportive of his intellectual pursuits, and they pushed him to focus on his strengths despite these (and other) pressures. He is not sure, however, that their support would have been enough to lead him to his current place in life had he not left Staunton and attended high school at the Illinois Math and Science Academy (IMSA). At IMSA, he discovered a culture he never knew and could never have hoped existed, a culture where inquisitiveness was encouraged, individuality was cherished, and being a "nerd" was the norm. IMSA forever instilled a fundamental and foundational belief and confidence in himself and his abilities, and the conviction that life is about the continual search for answers, the never-ending quest for self-actualization, and the lifelong pursuit of learning and inquiry.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois