How worrisome it is to witness devilish competence turning a big country like ours almost schizophrenic on non issues! ! ! Rarely do we set a new trend extolling competence, inventions, initiatives and start ups. We work overtime in facilitating divide, anger, suspicion and condemnation. We love hoary institutions to wilt rather than blossom; we put small men at high places to ensure servility; we get increasingly afraid of successful men and institutions. We can hardly allow the rot to continue and to spread. Transformation must start; it has to be from our schools. Our teachers must stand with heads held high. Those who wish well of the country, must rally round the teacher.
(Prasanna Mishra, born in 1942, is from India. He is a former Civil Servant, lives in Bhubaneswar; is a social activist and a columnist.)
Women have had to be much in this life, philosophers, psychologists, teachers, mothers, story tellers, singers and yes even a wife. We do it all because we can...An M.G. Quote.....
(Teach your little girls what it means to be a woman. To be true to herself and know of her value in this world. Women stand on the right hand of God for they are the beings that Bless this world with precious lives.....)
As a teacher, as a propagandist, Mr. Shaw is no good at all, even in his own generation. But as a personality, he is immortal.
(Max Beerbohm (1872-1956), British author. "A Cursory Conspectus of G.B.S.," Around Theatres (1924).
Closing words of essay written in 1901. Shaw was Beerbohm's predecessor as dramatic critic on the London weekly, Saturday Review.)
If we focus exclusively on teaching our children to read, write, spell, and count in their first years of life, we turn our homes into extensions of school and turn bringing up a child into an exercise in curriculum development. We should be parents first and teachers of academic skills second.
(Neil Kurshan (20th century), U.S. rabbi. Raising Your Child to Be a Mensch, ch. 3 (1987).)
The long discussions and painful arguments of adolescence and the fierce loyalties to teachers, heroes, and gurus during the teenage years are simply our children's struggles to ensure that the lifestyles and values they adopt are worthy of their allegiance.
(Neil Kurshan (20th century), U.S. Rabbi. Raising Your Child to Be a Mensch, ch. 4 (1987).)