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“We cannot hold a torch to light another's path without brightening our own.”
- BEN SWEETLAND
"Do not think lightly of good, that nothing will come of it. A whole water pot will fill up
from dripping drops of water."
- LORD BUDDHA, Dhammapada v 122
The maxim "Nothing but perfection" may be spelled "Paralysis."
- WINSTON CHURCHILL
"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence."
- HELEN KELLER
"When I was young, I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. So I did ten times more work."
- GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
"Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without."
the toughest thing about dyslexia was learning to spell it."
- GEORGE BURNS
"I'm starting to wonder what my folks were up to at my age that makes them so doggoned suspicious of me all the time!"
- MARGARET BLAIR
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world: indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
- MARGARET MEAD
"A youth is to be regarded with respect."
- CONFUCIUS (551-479 B.C.)
"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new."
- ALBERT EINSTEIN
"One of the most obvious facts about grownups to a child is that they have forgotten what it is like to be a child."
- RANDALL JARRELL
"If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail."
- ABRAHAM H. MASLOW
"Children are apt to live up to what you believe of them."
- LADY BIRD JOHNSON
"The best way to make children good is to make them happy."
- OSCAR WILDE
"Let the children come to me, do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of God."
- JESUS Mark 10:14
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Amor vincit omnia
We've assembled together some fun quotes and links to articles that we thought might inspire you and give you hope.
Enjoy your stay!
Thought it would be so inspirational to link to quotes and articles by famous people who faced difficulties in their lives like learning disabilities and other differences. These people not only surmounted the obstacles in their lives, many are helping to make a difference in the world.
Is it a Cheetah?
United Nations Committee On The Rights Of The Child advises against the psychiatric labeling and drugging
of children. CRC/C/15/Add.273, 30 September 2005
The Under Reported Story: ADHD, Stimulants, and the FDA, by Grace E. Jackson, MD, February 18, 2006
"The FDA and others are disingenuous when they ignore the contentious nature of identifying ADHD as a neurological disorder
for which medications are the best solution. A strong body of evidence now challenges both assertions. Clinicians question
the ethic of drugging children and adults, in an effort to suppress symptoms which may be interpreted as transient,
developmental delays (most children outgrow ADHD in their teens); normal variants of temperament;
contextually appropriate reactions; and/or the failure of caregivers, social systems, or culture to assist others
in maximizing their capacities for moral agency and self-control.
It is time for consumers, physicians, educators, and policy makers to confront the distorted and missing information
which surrounds the phenomenon of ADHD. More members of the medical community should doubt the legitimacy of the condition,
since no biological marker or diagnostic test has been found or devised."
The Wildest Colts Make the Best Horses
Some of the quotations on this site were found in his book (contributed by Leonard Roy Frank).
Some time ago, we found a very uplifting article in the Montreal Gazette and wanted to share it with you. An excerpt follows.
Key to happiness - Psychiatrist with bad childhood says playfulness in youth can lead to a happy adulthood
Nancy J. White, Canadian Press, The Gazette, Montreal, Saturday, December 21, 2002
"...When the boy was 4, psychiatrists told his mother that the father was a hopeless case, and she divorced him. She married a man Hallowell describes as a sadistic alcoholic. She, too, became alcoholic.
At age 10, Hallowell was packed off to boarding school, where he struggled with two learning disabilities, dyslexia and attention deficit disorder.
With such an inauspicious start, conventional wisdom might easily have written him off as a likely boozer or drug addict.
But Hallowell, 52, is a psychiatrist who treats children and adults, an instructor at Harvard Medical School, a proud father of three and an author, whose latest book is
The Childhood Roots Of Adult Happiness.
... Hallowell's research is part of a growing movement in psychology that studies what has gone right in people's lives, not wrong... "Despite my father's mental illness and my mother's troubles, I knew in my heart that they unconditionally loved me," he says. "It's not a verbal thing. A kid just knows it. Unconditional love is the greatest gift a parent can give a child."
Then there were the connections he felt outside the home, the relatives, teachers, friends' parents and coaches who encouraged him, often acting as substitute parents... If there is a better way to strengthen a brain or to feed the spirit than to play, I don't know what it is," he writes.
...Hallowell also encourages parents not to give up on kids. "A lot of incredibly dynamic, successful adults screwed up big time in youth."
Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls
Journalist and Rhodes scholar Rachel Simmons has never forgotten what it felt like to be excluded by her peers in the third grade. Now she's written a groundbreaking book on the hidden aggression of girls.
Have you heard about Dr. Mel Levine and his book A Mind At A Time? We saw it on Oprah and wanted to share it with you, in case you missed it. What follows are some excerpts ...
[excerpt - A Mind At A Time - By Mel Levine, M.D. - Simon & Schuster, Copyright © 2002 by Mel Levine]
... "Different minds learn differently," writes Dr. Mel Levine, one of the best-known education experts and pediatricians in America today. And that's a problem for many children, because most schools still cling to a one-size-fits-all education philosophy ...
... "It's taken for granted in adult society that we cannot all be 'generalists' skilled in every area of learning and mastery. Nevertheless, we apply tremendous pressure to our children to be good at everything. They are expected to shine in math, reading, writing, speaking, spelling, memorization, comprehension, problem solving...and none of us adults can do all this", observes Dr. Levine ...
... "I think a big part of teaching and parenting entails helping kids make it through periods when they feel inadequate. It happens to everyone once in a while... When a child brings home disappointing grades, parents can take solace in the well-documented finding that report cards are notoriously poor at predicting how your child will eventually do in a career ...
... Adult life offers many more opportunities for infinitely more kinds of minds than are available during child life. Parents need to find things to praise in a struggling child and make sure that he doesn't give up on himself and get depressed and distressed while waiting for his day to come."
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ARTICLE of Interest!
The following is an article about Michigan school boards that are facing many of the same problems we are in Quebec,
with regards to enrollment and fiscal challenges.
Here is an excerpt:
What is a FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE SCHOOL DISTRICT - 6 habits
[excerpt - Copyright © 2002 Mackinac Center for Public Policy - authors: Dr. Kirk A. Johnson, Ms. Elizabeth Moser]
"For too long, Michigan school districts have not considered the needs of their two customers:
the taxpayer and the parent. Parents, of course, want their children to be well educated, and taxpayers rightly expect that education be fiscally responsible, not wasting precious tax dollars... "
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Quotes by the Italian educationalist DR. MARIA MONTESSORI on children
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"The child is much more spiritually elevated than is usually supposed."
"The adult must find within himself the still unknown error that prevents him from seeing the child as he is."
"In their dealings with children adults do not become egotistic but egocentric. They look upon everything pertaining to a child's soul from their own point of view and, consequently, their misapprehensions increase."
"There is in the soul of a child an impenetrable secret that is gradually revealed as it develops."
Learn more about this brilliant Italian woman »
Message from the Dalai Lama (Tibetan spiritual leader and winner of the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize) to young people ... about hope and the importance of balancing education with a good heart.
AN INTERVIEW WITH THE DALAI LAMA
[excerpt: © 2000 PeaceJam ]
" ... Brothers and sisters, as human beings on this small planet, time is always changing, always moving. In a way, the way things always keep changing is good, because if they did not, all of these negative things would remain. Because things are always changing, there is always hope."