Friends, Today is the very last of my weekly “Wealth and Poverty” classes — not just the last class of this course, but my last class teaching any course. I’m going to be retiring from teaching now. So this last class is quite special to me, and I hope it will be special to you. Even if you haven’t had a chance to keep up with all the others, please join this one.
Robert, what we take away from our experience of having you as an edicature doesn't end with your retirement, your influence will enrich us throughout the remainder of our lives. Thank you.
Your insights are greatly appreciated. I don't believe that you will "be retiring." As a "retired teacher" myself, I find this difficult to do. (My path is a humble one compared to yours....) YOUR insights are desperately needed for the next generation and as a reference point for us NOW! Please keep this "door" open! Wonderful class!
Professor Reich, this may be your last class per se, however methinks that it will not prevent you from continuing to give us lessons with each and every one of your pieces here on Substack. You are greatly loved and I thank you for enriching our lives each day.
Shalom. Your friend in Maryland, Anne 🌻🙏💕
As a child of a well known academic in his field who is long gone now, I am aware of some of what it takes to achieve not only a long career of teaching, but also of all the other posts and tasks you have held. To do it well takes true grit, devotion, and a constant willingness to balance the needs of the people in your professional life with those in your personal life. You have given even those, like me, who have never met you, a sense of possibility, a little more wisdom, and gratitude for letting us learn from you through this medium of filming. Your voice, when I hear it on a recorded this or that, gets my immediate attention because I know I will be asked to think and to challenge the status quo. Thank you for all you have done to be able to bring that into my life and those of so many others.
Thank you for this class. You did a great job of presenting, even describing the illustrations. As a blind person I really appreciated that. It reminded me of my college days when I was in class with a professor who had critical information to share and did it well, particularly my economics prof., Shirley Newton. Like you, she tied real life into her lessons. You gave a great gift to those students. I know they won't forget. Thanks so much. R.Sheets
You are a necessary voice amidst the divisive din that is threatening and chipping away at our American society. Your teaching will be missed. Thank you for sharing this last class with us through Substack.
You have been the right man for the right time. A comfort as well as an inspiration.
Thank You Mr. Reich
Hopefully enough people in positions of power watched and now know that a lot of us now know how badly Income inequality has hurt our country and will take steps to reverse it! Great Class
(Pancha Chandra): Robert, you have come out of the exercise smelling of roses. Following you on your remarkable columns has been the best thing I have done in my life! Your profound words of wisdom have taught me humility. You remind me of my lovely father who studied philosophy at the University of Queensland, Australia when he was in his mid-seventies. He was a teacher all his life!
Thank you for your many years of service in teaching, I have a feeling that while you are retiring from what is traditionally considered teaching, you will continue to educate people with your words and wisdom for many more years to come.
The one thing that has hurt our country so much in my mind is the shortage of critical thinking . Your example will be sorely missed. Please let us hear your voice in some other platform. Much love and respect, Professor.
Thank you for the opportunity to watch this course. I’ve enjoyed it so much.
As I reached for a kleenex I couldn't help but think of how fortunate these and so many other young students have been having taken this class at Berkeley. With a lifetime of experience behind me, I too lived what was taught. I've experienced and witnessed the challenges of yesterday and those facing us today. Professor Reich gave the gift of knowledge, compassion and hope, there's nothing better than that. Thank you for letting outsiders into your classroom, I for one will be eternally grateful. Looking forward to you next chapters!
It was an honor to attend and I learned so much from your class. Your students will look back at this moment and many will point to it as shaping their lives and the motivation to make a positive impact in their world. Thank you, professor! I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Robert, you have made a most positive and meaningful impact on our world. On behalf of the world, I thank you for illuminating the way toward a more knowledgeable and humane society. Best wishes for the next chapter in your life.
Often, when I'm at an event and they ask the veterans in the crowd to stand and be recognized, I think about all the teachers, doctors, nurses, et al, who have also served their country well. With that in mind I thank you for your service, Mr. Secretary.