When the students of Mr. Farrer's class sat down at the age of 14 to write their future selves a letter, I am certain none of them expected to read it twenty years later. He made them write a 10-page letter and he saved them all this time. Now, he spends his retired years seeking out his former students via the Internet and other sources so that he may deliver their letters. What started out as a way to encourage students to write has really become something with much more impact.
“I think our society now is a society of non-commitment,” said Bruce Farrer, who started students writing letters to themselves at the beginning of his teaching career in 1961. “We say we’re going to do something, whether it’s in a marriage, or with our kids or maybe even with our organizations we join, and some little thing ticks us off and we think ‘Enough of that, I’m walking out.’ … I think it’s important to have a sense of commitment, and maybe in a minor way, the kids see I value that.”
P.S. Thanks to all of the members who sent this in, but Chandra and Julia were the first!