In his article "Foreign Affairs; My Favorite Teacher," Thomas L. Friedman claims that his high school journalism teacher, Hattie M. Steinberg, was "someone who made the most important difference in...

In his article "Foreign Affairs; My Favorite Teacher," Thomas L. Friedman claims that his high school journalism teacher, Hattie M. Steinberg, was "someone who made the most important difference in my life." What descriptive details does Friedman use to support this thesis?

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In his opinion article "Foreign Affairs; My Favorite Teacher," writer Thomas L. Friedman mainly argues that Hattie M. Steinberg was his most inspirational teacher because of the fundamentals she taught.

He asserts that she "pounded such fundamentals of journalism into her students" as how to accurately copy a spoken direct quote and how to write the opening paragraph in a news story to include who, what, where, when, why, and how. But he also asserts that the most consequential fundamentals she drilled into her students were the importance of conducting one's self in a professional manner and to "always do quality work." As evidence of just how deeply she drilled fundamentals into her students, Friedman pointed out that he can't forget to "wear a tie on assignment" without thinking of Miss Steinberg reprimanding him.

Another interesting point of evidence he uses to prove how inspirational a teacher she was concerns his description of how popular a teacher she also was. He describes that the students who worked on the school newspaper and the yearbook, both of which she oversaw, "lived" in her classroom, hanging out there both "before and after school," as if it was a "malt shop." He explains her popularity was due to the fact that her students respected being "harangued by her," meaning lectured by her in a sermonizing manner, "disciplined by her," and especially "taught by her."

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