June 5th, 2002


On Education -- Gary Fowlie


In an article on speech problems and the danger of ignoring them in the mistaken belief that a child with early language problems may be "the strong, silent type", Gary Fowlie (1996) made this stark observation:

I do know that Johnny's going to need all of his strength to survive in a school system where the best indicator of his academic success at 18 is how good his language skills are when he walks in the door at age 5.

On Education -- Henry Anatole Grunwald


Nagging questions remain: Where is the line between making the most of one’s potential and reaching for the unattainable? Where is the line between education as a tool and education as a kind of magic? The line is blurred and that is why when education fails, disillusionment is so bitter.
    -- Henry Anatole Grunwald, Time 5 July 1976

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On Enough -- Irish Proverb

I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.
I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish enough 'Hellos' to get you through the final 'Good-bye'.

    -- Irish Proverb

On Existence -- Anonymous

Man, despite his artistic pretensions, his sophistication and many accomplishments, owes the fact of his existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.
    -- Anonymous writer on perspective