When Joan was in high school, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik. Congress passed the National Defense Education Act of 1958, funneling billions into schools to promote science and engineering. Despite Joan’s interest in writing and literature, her counselor insisted she take college algebra instead of journalism. Joan thought the policy shortsighted, as the Russians would be pleased to compete against someone with her math skills. As an English teacher and advocate for more creative education reform, she believed the full potential of individuals and nations can be realized only through the compassion and vision inspired by the arts and humanities.
Prisoner of Second Grade