The first time I heard about Elliot Eisner was in graduate school, when I stumbled upon the Ten Things the Arts Teach, readily available on the NAEA website. It has since made the rounds to parents in places where I taught music. Every so often, when I feel like a lost puppy, tired and weary from education and teaching and unsure about my purpose, it gets pulled out for inspiration.
I hope you have or will appreciate these points as much as I have and pull them out on those instances when you're thinking, "I do WHAT everyday, and why would that ever matter?" One of my favorite quotes from the list is the one in this post title.