If I am full of myself, there is no room in me for what you bring. I keep myself intact when I convert you; I keep myself intact when I politely tolerate you; in a mutual interaction, I lose something of myself to create an opening for your perspective, your experience to enter my world…

'Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares' (Hebrews 13:2). This ancient advice to “entertain strangers,” to be open to others, to invite them in and offer them food and listen to their stories, point to the reward that comes from this “entertaining,” this response of mutuality: in that other, we may just find an angel.

Now I admit that I have never seen any sort of mystical angel, a divine glowing being with halo and wings, and I suspect I never will. But I have met a fair number of angels in human guise, if an angel is also someone who offers me something I never expected to receive, tells me something I never expected to hear, shows me something I never expected to see, helps me understand something I never expected to grasp, or otherwise breaks into my usual mindset. When another manages this feat, moving past my defenses and my absolutely true opinions to remind me that I really, finally, do not know everything, then I have been visited by an angel.


— Rev. Dr. Kathy Hurt, Unitarian Universalist minister

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"There are years that ask questions and years that answer."

— Zora Neale Hurston; Their Eyes Were Watching God (via wordpainting)

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"Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in a different time."

— Rabindranath Tagore (via warebooks)

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"…We can tell our children that school is important until we’re blue in the face, they’re not stupid. They see the loudest applause is for the kids on the field. They know teachers are paid poorly and don’t drive fancy cars. They know people plan Super Bowl parties but mock the National Spelling Bee. In other words, they see the hypocrisy, and we can’t expect society to correct itself. If we want to have any lasting influence on the way our kids approach education — the way future generations approach education — then we have to grab our pom-poms and paint our faces and celebrate intellectual curiosity with the same vigor we do their athletic achievements."

Why I’m raising my son to be a nerd - CNN.com  (via lavvocato)

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"We have built our education systems on the model of fast food. This is something Jamie Oliver talked about the other day. You know there are two models of quality assurance in catering. One is fast food, where everything is standardized. The other are things like Zagat and Michelin restaurants, where everything is not standardized, they’re customized to local circumstances. And we have sold ourselves into a fast food model of education. And it’s impoverishing our spirit and our energies as much as fast food is depleting our physical bodies."

— Sir Ken Robinson, TED Talks

"We must love them both—those whose opinions we share, those whose opinions we don’t share. They’ve both labored in search for Truth and have both helped us in finding it."

— Thomas Aquinas

"Appreciation… is not covered on standardized tests. Although standardized tests allow administrators to gain valuable measures of general success across various school districts, they do not leave room for the notion that appreciation and love of learning can lead to better overall understanding."

— Cameron Sullivan, Good Education

Life is not linear, it’s organic… Human communities depend upon a diversity of talent, not a singular conception of ability.

-Sir Ken Robinson, Bring on the Learning Revolution, TED Talks