Category: Inspiration

Various quotes, contemporary and past. Inspired by Bobby Kennedy’s “Make Gentle the Life of this World” and Leo Tolstoy’s “A Calendar of Wisdom.”

NEH Seminars: The Thinking Teacher’s Solution to Summer

  “Under the influence of modern psychology and the tenets of pragmatism, pedagogy has developed into a science of teaching in general in such a way as to be wholly emancipated from the actual material to be taught. A teacher, so it was thought, is a man who can simply teach anything...” Hannah Arendt, The ...

Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine. –Farewell Seamus Heaney

Seamus Heaney died today, burdening my thoughts with a coherent if distant misery. "Whatever you say, say nothing" is my favorite poem by Heaney, dense like musty strata in peat, a reliquary of troubled unknowns unearthed in a reading of its layers. "Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine," is an Irish saying that ...

Wendy Davis, 25 June 2013

"Lawmakers, either get out of the vagina business or go to medical school." Wendy Davis, 25 June 2013 A slide show of the day, courtesy of the Texas Tribune.  

The Ideal Teacher–Quintilian

Let him therefore adopt a parental attitude to his pupils, and regard himself as the representative of those who have committed their children to his care. Let him be free from vice himself and refuse to tolerate it in others. Let him be strict but not austere, genial but not too familiar; for austerity will ...

Whatever we learn from study we need to apply sincerely in our daily lives.

Study and practice are both very important, but they must go hand in hand. Faith without knowledge is not sufficient. Faith needs to be supported by reason. However intellectual understanding that is not applied in practice is also of little use. Whatever we learn from study we need to apply sincerely in our daily lives. ...