"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

. . .a pupil attitude factor, which appears to have a stronger relationship to achievement than do all the “school” factors together, is the extent to which an individual feels that he has some control over his own destiny. James Coleman, 1966

Saturday, December 24, 2005

December Second

December Second

Just before dark
smoke from the chimney
drifts down among the trees
in pale wide ribbons,
and puffy juncos dig around
the red oaks for what
squirrels sometimes leave.
Hushed by low smooth sky,
I-75 recedes like
descending sleep.
Lights on, I watch
you through the window
warming by the stove,
holding your breath
for the first flakes
of snow.

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