For sure I was that kid who was stoked for the first day of school every year. Ultimately, this explains a lot. I was raised by a single dad (a K-12 teacher) who instilled in me a profound respect for education/educators and shaped my view of who the "good guys" are.
Predictably, I have a huge soft spot for bleeding hearts. I'm a proud champion of public schools and a quintessential Midwesterner (except for my penchant for caffeinated everything and fast walking).