Good schoolteachers are above the price of rubies

There is, writes Dalrymple,

moral grandeur in what they do, for even if they may sometimes be colossi in the eyes of their better pupils, in the eyes of the world they are relatively humble.

They are

the springboard from which their pupils may overleap them, and it takes a special kind of goodness, genuine humility, to take pleasure in being overleapt by those who shortly before were in your charge.

Class with sleeping schoolmaster. Jan Steen, 1672

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