This letter is in response to the treatment Bobby Chandler has received over efforts to change practices at the Horry County school board.
Chandler had a substantial influence on my intellectual development in high school (Socastee High School '89) and my development as a well-rounded person with civic responsibility. This influence carried on into college, through graduate school, where I earned a PhD, and into my professional career.
I am an economist, and I doubt I would have followed that track had he not made so clear the importance of policy in U.S. history. I hated economics in high school. But I remembered the critical importance of economics in history, and I wanted to make an impact on the world. He had a major impact on the course my life has taken, and I will always be grateful that I had the honor of learning from him in so many ways.
I am sorry to hear that such a phenomenal teacher has suffered from petty education politics. Horry County is in danger of losing their greatest asset.
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The writer lives in Overland Park, Kan.