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  • Dumbing Us Down
    (do we really need computers in schools, or is this just a great sales job? Theodore Rozak, an admitted Luddite, wrote this in 1996. Anything sound familiar?)

The above five articles are courtesy of the magazine The New Internationalist, which is a good source of information about the majority world.

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Wisdom of Our Elders
(an old Cherokee tale)

An old chief is teaching his grandson about life. "A fight is going on inside me," he said to the boy. "It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil; he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, self-doubt and ego. The other is good: he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith. This fight is going on within you, and inside every other person, too."

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?"

The old chief simply replied, "The one you feed."


A Rejection With Class . . .

"We have read your manuscript with boundless delight. If we were to publish your paper, it would be impossible for us to publish any work of lower standard. And as it is unthinkable that in the next thousand years we shall see its equal, we are, to our regret, compelled to return your divine composition, and to beg you a thousand times to overlook our short sightedness and timidity.

(Rejection slip from a Chinese economic journal)


Starfish

While walking along a beach, a man saw someone in the distance leaning down, picking something up and throwing it into the ocean.

As he came closer, he saw thousands of starfish the tide had thrown onto the beach. Unable to return to the ocean during low tide, the starfish were dying. He observed a young woman picking up the starfish one by one and throwing them back into the water.

After watching the seemingly futile effort, the observer said, "There must be thousands of starfish on this beach. It would be impossible for you to get to all of them. There are simply too many. You can't possibly save enough to make a difference."

The young woman smiled as she continued to pick up another starfish and toss it back into the ocean.

"It made a difference to that one," she replied.
-author unknown-

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Attitude is Yours to Choose

"We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way."
-Viktor Frankl, author, neurologist and psychiatrist, Holocaust survivor (1905-1997)


Honour

"In a completely rational society, the best of us would aspire to be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less, because passing civilization along from one generation to the next ought to be the highest honor and the highest responsibility anyone could have."
-Lee Iacocca


Why Am I a Teacher . . . .

"To believe in a child is to believe in the future. Through their aspirations, they will save the world. With their combined knowledge, the turbulent seas of hate and injustice will be calmed. They will champion the causes of life's underdogs, forging a society without class discrimination. They will supply humanity with music and beauty as it has never known. They will endure. Towards these ends, I pledge my life's work. I will supply the children with tools and knowledge to overcome the obstacles. I will pass on the wisdom of my years and temper it with patience. I shall impact in each child the desire to fulfill his or her dream. I shall teach."
-
Henry James

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