"The free play of art is the result of mastery. " --Ernst Fischer, The Necessity of Art

"Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them." --Ladybird Johnson

"...a well-trained ear, a well-trained intelligence, a well-trained heart, and a well-trained hand...." --Zoltan Kodaly


Friday morning thinking...

Public school teaching offers an opportunity to change the world.

The world of the individuals involved, certainly, and beyond.

It's entirely possible to celebrate small advances while keeping the larger goal in sight. Equally possible to make big mistakes from thinking too small.

If art is, as Godin says, 'using your humanity to effect a change in another person'--are we doing that, in our daily work?

Or is the high from clearing away twigs and weeds from the common path blinding us to the fact that the way to truly go forward hasn't even been blazed yet?

Are we, as CS Lewis says, "mistaking the sand pile for the beach"?

I'm trying to see beyond the fog here. Just thinking.

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