Remembering Don McGlothin

(07/24/2002)

Dear Editor,

I well remember Don McGlothlin and his problem with the Board Of Education and the pledge of allegiance.

The only thing that I might add to the David Hathaway piece is that I had the impression that Don came up from very humble beginnings. If this is true, then I would be interested in knowing more about his parents and family in general.

My career was not that of an educator but I am always interested in learning the why of academic accomplishment, particularly when the individual rose several levels above other family members. Genetics may be a factor but in some cases one wonders if an unidentified influence, executed discipline, a school teacher, a parental example and/or encouragement of one or more family member - in spite of a lack of formal education - could have been the primary motivation to succeed for people like Don McGlothlin. You see, I happen to think that sometimes little "happenings" in early life can be the "burr under the tail" that causes some young people to strive for academic success.

I have a grandson who was average in elementary school and junior high. However, he excelled in high school and even earned 12 hours of college credit while still in high school. He has a great college scholarship. What brought about this change in a kid who is now a great reader and who has to work hard at his studies. Well, it was his Latin teacher in high school who did the trick. He is one of the best qualified Latin teachers in the state of Georgia He motivated my grandson to excel in all his high school subjects and this young man responded by doing exactly that.

Could it have been a one room schoolteacher who inspired Don McGlothlin to exceed?

For what it is worth,

Albert Ball, former Calhouner