"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


Daily Life, 89

Our district held a day-long staff workshop today, which centered around exploring the implementation of the ideas in Chaos or Community ( a book which was just re-published, written by Dr. King).

It's a challenge to write about Martin Luther King's ideas, on a teeny educational blog....so much that's incredibly valuable has already been written....and there's just so much there.

On the other hand, sometimes it's only when  we  talk about the ideas in books,  as individuals, each relating it to our own experiences,  that the books come alive.

Here's what had the most impact on me, while reading:  King's comment, towards the end of the book, that people often mistake the intention for the deed.   That we hear the melodious phrases, we watch from afar  as equity is translated into laws and signed into the legal code,  we see media depictions of lifestyles and communities which appear prosperous....and we then are lulled into believing that all of the work is done.

King's view in the late 1960s, when he wrote this book?  We're not done, we've only begun.

From the discussions and the first-hand views and experiences of many of our 1000+ staff, that still holds true today.   There's still much work to be done.

Now I think, for me at least, I'd like to take a good hard look to see just what that means, worked out through daily life right here.

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