Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
[caption id="attachment_913" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Image courtesy of The Seattle Times (seattletimes.newsource.com)"][/caption] Happy (belated) Birthday, Dr. King! His actual birthday was yesterday, you know. In honor of one of America’s greatest orators, freedom fighters and all-around individuals, CW News is going to take a break today and present instead some of our favorite Dr. King quotes. As educators we represent one of the first lines of defense against continued discrimination, hatred and ignorance, all those terrible realities Dr. King fought so hard against. On this day, and in all days, let the words of Dr. King inform our choices at home and at school. And, more than anything, may his message of peace permeate the minds of the tiny souls we play a role in shaping. In honor of Dr. King, let us teach… 1. …the importance of all people: **Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality. 2. …the gift of service: **Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. 3. …that work is about more than a paycheck: **Pity may represent little more than the impersonal concern which prompts the mailing of a check, but true sympathy is the personal concern which demands the giving of one's soul. 4. …that a world exists outside of our own: **An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. 5. …the true gift of education (it’s more than a test score): **The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education. CW Readers, Please feel free to share some of your favorite Dr. King quotes and their significance to your life and teaching, and enjoy your long weekend!