As a kid, I used to help my mom - a frequent substitute teacher - grade papers after school. One day, I looked over at her while she was grading some history tests to see her frowning.
"Mom - what's wrong?"
She looked up at me with this "where do I start?" expression. "These kids," she said, tossing the papers aside in a huff. "They don't remember dates, they don't remember places, but every single one of them remembers Cortez sitting under a tree weeping over the loss of his men."
That was my first encounter with what I call "The Power of Story."
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