My friend Asia sent me this video, perhaps knowing that March can be the cruelest month. The importance of teaching is downplayed by (some, but certainly not all) academics. You can hear any number of commonplaces on the subject from “it interferes with my research” to “students don’t actually care…so why should I?” But these excuses are part of group-think. These are cliches that do very little except provide excuses for those who have missed the point of teaching altogether. You see, teaching is not about you…not at all. Teaching is a about the entire context of what is going on in the classroom. The interactions that happen before, during and after a class can be life-changing for all concerned: teaching is all-encompassing and I love it.