every level of education, the selfhood of the
teacher is key. Good teachers possess a capacity for
connectedness. We teach who we are.
- Parker Palmer
The Courage to Teach
Time will teach more
than all our thoughts
- Benjamin Disraeli
71% of American high
school students go to schools of one thousand or
more, according to the U.S. Dept. of Education. Yet,
everything we know about the needs of families and
adolescents says smaller is better -- for the
uniqueness of young people, for their achievement,
for feelings of connection, for their sense of self.
- Miss Hall's School
New York Times, 9/5/2000
How can we help young
people lead lives that are full of energy, joy, and
meaning, when their lifestyles encourage passivity,
boredom, and alienation?
- Mihally Csikszentmihalyi, Professor emeritus,
U. of Chicago, Education for the 21st Century
When money speaks, the
truth keeps silent.
- Russian Proverb
The liar's punishment is
not in the least that he is not believed but that he
cannot believe anyone else.
- George Bernard Shaw
Music has power of
forming the character and should therefore be
introduced into the education of the young.
- Aristotle, POLITICS, Book VII, Chap. 5
According to a U.S.
Dept. of Education study released in Sept, 1993,
almost half of the 191 million adults in the United
States do not have the literacy skills necessary to
write a business letter, complete a job application,
or read and comprehend a newspaper. The study
concluded that current reading and writing skills in
the U.S. are not keeping pace with the kings of
skills required for today's workplace and civic
activities, such as jury duty.
~ 75% of the
unemployed are non-readers
~ 1 out of 3 mothers
on AFCD cannot read
~ 40% of the
illiterates are added to the ranks of the
~ 65% of prisoners
~ 85% of juvenile
offenders are functionally illiterate
For attractive lips, Speak words of
kindness For lovely eyes, Seek out the good in
people For a slim figure, Share your food with the
hungry. For beautiful hair, Let a child run his
fingers through it once a day. For poise, walk with
the knowledge That you never walk alone.
People, even more than things, need
to be Restored, renewed, revived, Reclaimed and
redeemed. Never throw out anyone. Remember if you
ever need a helping hand You’ll find one at the
end of each of your arms. As you grow older, you
will discover you have two hands One for helping
yourself, The other for helping others.
The beauty of people is not In the
clothes they wear, The figure that carries them Or
the way they comb their hair. The beauty of people
Must be seen in their eyes Because that is the
doorway to the heart, The place where love resides.
The beauty of people is not a facial
mode, But the true beauty of people Is reflected in
their soul. It is the caring that they lovingly give
And the passion that they show. The beauty of a
person grows with the passing of years.
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