I found Jim Bentley's talk, "Why we teach is more important than what we teach," inspiring and a sort of call to action. Two quotes stood out to me from the talk. "Media is only as strong as the message it conveys," and "Informed and empowered youth can intimidate adults in the court of public opinion." I feel that my ultimate purpose as a social studies teacher is to help develop my students so they have the knowledge and skills necessary to shape the world they want live in. I feel like this ties into what Jim is saying and reinforces what I have been working to do with my students.