Martin Luther King Jr.
A daydreamer's paradise, but the great freedom fighter prevailed. And not a bad choice, we must say. Still, the contest was close: Leonardo da Vinci and Benjamin Franklin tied for second. Jesus and George Lucas were neck and neck in a respectable third-place finish.
In this highly personal list of those who could inspire young minds, everyone had a place: astronauts, explorers, mothers, Bono. Our favorite, though, is the great tyrant Napoleon Bonaparte. An unusual choice, to be sure, but it also got us thinking about what his lesson plan might look like:
Napoleon's Lesson Plan (Wednesday, April 26)
- Conquer western Europe
- Find out about this Wellington person (Internet use -- OK)
- English lesson
- Flemish lesson
- Italian lesson
- Arabic lesson
- STAR testing
- Assign term paper on enlightened despots
- Attack Moscow
- Clap erasers
- (Make reservation at Elba)
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