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As a former BHS student and former student of Mr. Crowell's, I can confidently say he instills in his students a desire for knowledge, and not just the curriculum, the truth. That is something that is lacking in many BHS classrooms and as someone currently attending an Ivy League university I can confidently say that the curriculum taught in high school quickly dissolves although the pursuit of knowledge that was instilled in me by Crowell and a few others at BHS never does and has not just changed my experience in higher education, but in life. I would urge the administration to look beyond all the bureaucratic measures of learning (STAR, AP, Standard Curriculum, etc) that produce the statistics and acknowledge when and where true learning is happening. I know for a fact that those who pay EXTRA taxes (that fund all the staff at BHS) in Berkeley to ensure the school system is great care much more about the aforementioned then some sort of standardized curriculum as Berkeley has always been a place of alternative thought and tends to pride itself on being ahead of the times in more ways then one.
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