Superintendent White’s budget proposal and the STAT initiative forget the humanist element of teaching — the element all of us remember from school. It’s the part of our schooling where someone cared about us, and, in return, we cared about something. For me, it was Mr. Trumbull in 10th grade. He taught biology, and I didn’t care about photosynthesis. But, Mr. Trumbull didn’t dwell on that. Instead, he worried about me, as a person, and worked every day to spread his excitement for biology. His enthusiasm became mine that year, and while a love of Biology did not blossom, the idea that I could care about something because it mattered to someone else stuck forever.