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“I don’t know Miss. I think this year I just got stupid and nobody really cares anyway.” This is how a seventh grader Marisa responded, when I asked her to talk about why she was struggling to make the grades.

 “I don’t know Miss. I think this year I just got stupid and nobody really cares anyway.” This is how a seventh grader Marisa responded, when I asked her to talk about why she was struggling to make the grades in her classes and why she could not pass the high-stakes test that would allow her to move on to the next grade. This was truly the low point of my years in education when a student was willing to shoulder the burden for a system that had failed her. This encounter with Marisa was also a turning point. It helped me to recognize that what was missing in the traditional organization of schooling, and in so many other places, was a focus on caring.

The need for care in our society is acute. Patients feel uncared for in our medical system; clients feel uncared for in our welfare system; old people feel uncared for in the facilities provided for them; and children, especially adolescents, feel uncared for in schools.

Caring for ideas and great causes is important, but it goes deeper. I do what I do because to care and be cared for are fundamental to our survival and to being whole—essential for a meaningful existence.

This essay and portrait is part of a community-art and leadership project called “wdydwyd?” Tony Deifell (KNLP-16) invited his colleagues in the Kellogg Fellowship to reflect on what motivates them to follow their personal and professional paths by answering the question, “Why do you do what you do?”


“wdydwyd?” has reached over 1.5 million people worldwide and it has been used for team-building at Google, Twitter, many colleges and universities, nonprofits and K-12 classrooms. And, according to Wired Magazine, “In Silicon Valley, that question has been the hottest team-building meme since Outward Bound – and it’s spreading.” For more information: http://wdydwyd.com/leadership.


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