'Cause let's face it,
Mondays can be so
rough, hard, difficult.
When you aid a teacher, you improve the education of your children.
It is a wonder that teachers work as well as they do. I never look at a group of them without using, mentally, the expression, ‘The noble army of martyrs’!
- Maria Mitchell, Astronomer.
full autumn moon
to my gate comes rising
whiter than the stones
from the scarecrow's sleeves
along this road
going with no one
the man next door
how is he doing?
striking and making it crumble
our small talk
The winds of fall
are blowing, yet how green
the chestnut burr
drinking morning tea
the monk is peaceful
the chrysanthemum blooms
Fallen Angels Walter Dean Myers * A Child Called It Dave Pelzer * Persepolis Marjane Satrapi * Muslim Women and the Challenges of Islamic Extremism Norani Othman, ed. * Intensely Alice Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. Check out the frequently challenged books section to explore the issues and controversies around book challenges and book banning. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.
To assume is to suppose something is true in the absence of proof. Maintaining one's commitment to these assumptions can require exhausting effort, and a ruthless disregard for the human consequences of forcing your assumptions on everyone else, so that you can continue to see them as true.
So the universe is not quite as you thought it was.You’d better rearrange your beliefs, then. Because you certainly can’t rearrange the universe.
- Isaac Asimov
Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance.If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them.- Karl Popper, The Paradox of Tolerance.
When I hear about a young black teenager walking home from the store, and the man who assumed he was a criminal before knowing anything about him, I can relate. You may not be able to.
Maybe you’ve never been followed around in a department store by a security guard for no reason. I have.
Maybe you’ve never had a convenient store clerk scream at you to leave, assuming that the blackberry on your hip is a gun that you plan to shoot him with. I have.
Maybe you’ve never smiled and greeted people you’ve passed on the street, only to have them avoid eye contact, clutch their belongings, and quickly walk away. I have.
Maybe you’ve never been pushed against a wall, held at gunpoint, and handcuffed by police (who are supposed to protect you) because you “look like a suspect we were looking for.” I have (and I looked nothing like that suspect).
All of these incidents are minor and none of them significantly threatened my life.
Most, if not all, of my black friends have been through similar situations. And countless others have endured much, much worse.
If you’ve never experienced this sort of thing, you may not understand why this case resonates so deeply with us.
But when I hear his story, I hear my story.
And my father’s story.
And my son’s story.
- Tripp Lee,