My hometown of Gastonia is a quiet place. Scant traffic. Nice neighbors. Folks still offer you a sweet tea when you visit. By most accounts it’s a sleepy southern town, with roots in textiles and major manufacturers producing Wix air filters and Freightliner trucks. Just what you’d expect from a small town in the South. It’s my idea of heaven, but according to Wikipedia, its biggest claim to fame is that it is the second largest satellite city in the Charlotte metropolitan area.

But get ready. Gastonia, though small and unimpressive to fancy outsiders like Wikipedia, is...

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    Charles Sosnik is an editor by trade, and southern by the Grace of God. He serves as Editor in Chief for MindRocket Media Group, helping to connect the stories and voices in education that are changing our world. You can reach Charles by email here. Follow him on Twitter @charles_sosnik