Sean stood at my desk--an 11year-old with a briefcase. The briefcase amused me. Although out of character for a 6th grader, it fit his personality. Even his peer-conscious classmates, respecting his quiet dignity, refrained from making taunting remarks.
“What can I do for you, Sean?’' I asked.
A version of this article appeared in the November 01, 1993 edition of Teacher as The Promise