Document Type


Publication Date

Fall 2006


Around the first week of school, a young man stayed after class to speak to me, waiting until everyone left. Sam was in his late twenties, early thirties, a serious student in class with a permanent frown as he listened intently. He was worried about comments I had made concerning attendance and he explained that there might be times during the semester when he would have to be absent if his children were sick. He softly added that he was a single father of four small children. Several days later, I had the opportunity to ask him about his family and, as a proud father, he showed me pictures of his children.

Publication Title

Journal of Border Educational Research

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Education Commons



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