"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


Learning Link, 114

Most of us in the United States  have heard the recordings of  the "I have a dream"  speech enough that the very words carry the cadence and power of Dr. King's voice as we read them.   Those words have the power to bring a class of ten year olds to  quiet, thoughtful stillness.

The same is true of other works by Dr. King--for older children, for teens, for adults.  His "Why I am opposed to the War" speech is one of those works--it  carries strength, conviction and stirring truths in equal measure.  

 I read some thoughtful words for us as educators in a  beautiful post, on Paul Overton's Every Day is Awesome blog,  about this particular speech of Dr. King's.  Paul said King's words were   "Sobering, yes. But also hopeful in a strange way. Forty-two years later, a man’s passion for justice still has the power to move us. His words still carry the weight of truth and, most importantly, he is still calling us to action. The fact that this speech is timeless is simultaneously sad and beautiful. I don’t know if he thought we would have reached mountain top by now, but you can bet that he wouldn’t have wanted us to stop trying."


(Read the rest of Paul's  post, here.)

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