True or False: The Apple Doesn't Fall Very Far from the Tree

Every teacher that's ever survived Parent-Teacher Conference knows how true this is:

Which is what makes this picture of one of my favorite teachers so absolutely perfect:

But I wonder how many educators have considered their own place in the overall scheme of things:

The more I work with teachers in a variety of different schools, the more I'm convinced that we teachers are not that different from our students.

Quick Quiz:

  1. If we teachers are the apples that never fall too far from the tree, then what person, position, attitude or entity is the tree?
  2. How much effect does a school administrator have on the attitudes and perceptions of his/her subordinates? (Possibly the same question as #1)
Original Image Source (apples): Flickr user r-z

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