RULE ONE: Find a place you trust, and then try trusting it for awhile.
RULE TWO: General duties of a student — pull everything out of your teacher; pull everything out of your fellow students.
RULE THREE: General duties of a teacher — pull everything out of your students.
RULE FOUR: Consider everything an experiment.
RULE FIVE: Be self-disciplined — this means finding someone wise or smart and choosing to follow them. To be disciplined is to follow in a good way. To be self-disciplined is to follow in a better way.
RULE SIX: Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail, there’s only make.
RULE SEVEN: The only rule is work. If you work it will lead to something. It’s the people who do all of the work all of the time who eventually catch on to things.
RULE EIGHT: Don’t try to create and analyze at the same time. They’re different processes.
RULE NINE: Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It’s lighter than you think.
RULE TEN: “We’re breaking all the rules. Even our own rules. And how do we do that? By leaving plenty of room for X quantities.” (John Cage)
HINTS: Always be around. Come or go to everything. Always go to classes. Read anything you can get your hands on. Look at movies carefully, often. Save everything — it might come in handy later.
The first responsibility of public schools is not to test students as if they were empty containers to be measured, stamped, and processed, but to address what it means to provide them with the critical reading, writing, language, technological skills, knowledge, social experiences, and resources they need – in order to enhance their capacity to understand, comprehend, engage, and, when necessary, to transform the world in which they live.
Henry Giroux (2003). The Abandoned Generation (via walkyouhome
The true University of these days is a Collection of Books.
I was lucky to grow up in a house full of books, lucky to be taken to the library, and lucky to have parents who were great readers and always read to me. It instilled in me a love that will last my whole life. Reading will be my longest relationship.
jennifer mills – blog › National Year of Reading
Writer Jennifer Mills launched Australia’s National Year of Reading the other day in Baklava, South Australia.
I’m of a fearsome mind to throw my arms around every living librarian who crosses my path, on behalf of the souls they never knew they saved.
Barbara Kingsolver, novelist (via ramblingsofalibrarydenizen
Nick chided a censor, who wished some books gone,
And suggested she scan Fahrenheit 451.
For the book-budget cutters, Old Claus had no plan,
‘Cause if they could read, they just read Ayn Rand.
David Davis, Librarian’s Night Before Christmas
Why it is that Mao’s army destroyed Tibetan libraries? Why did the Germans target the medieval library in Louvain, Belgium and follow that with the sweeping destruction and confiscation of libraries throughout central Europe? Why did the Serbs burn the great multi-cultural Bosnian National Library? And here at home, why were nine people arrested in 1961 during the first “read-in” at a segregated public library in Jackson, Mississippi? And why did the Patriot Act seek to obtain the personal borrowing records of library patrons? Not only because libraries are important symbols of a civilized society, but because they are, in a sense, tabernacles of personal freedom: freedom of thought, freedom of expression, freedom of opportunity and the true test of liberty - freedom to dissent.
, in a speech to this year’s winners of the ‘I Love my Librarian’ award. (via whereipostthings
There’s nothing more valuable in the war against stupidity than the public library. These are hard times, but you are each guarding a beacon. The book is second only to the wheel as the best piece of technology human beings have ever invented. A book symbolises the whole intellectual history of mankind; it’s the greatest weapon ever devised in the war against stupidity. Beware of anyone who tries to make books harder to get at. And that is exactly what these closures are going to do – oh, not intentionally, except in a few cases; very few people are stupid intentionally; but that will be the effect. Books will be harder to get at. Stupidity will gain a little ground.