- There can be no single path to sustained learning or living; diversity and adaptation in both biological and social worlds are required for survival.
- The strength of a democracy is determined by the levels of participation and shared well-being of its constituents.
- Economic success without personal happiness is misery; personal happiness without economic well-being is a myth.
- Real freedom is comprised of equal proportions of liberty and responsibility.
- The greatest threat to freedom is a shortage of trust; as trust recedes, policing moves forward.
- Civilization requires both conservation and growth. Too much of either is the source of all moral and intellectual ill health.
- Leadership, in the classroom or the boardroom, requires equal proportions of support and challenge. Support without challenge breeds complacency and false competence. Challenge without support breeds intimidation and withdrawal.
- The offering of opinion serves an important purgative purpose; understanding, on the other hand, is a metabolic act that fuels human organizations.
- Ethical acts occur at the intersection of cool reason and warm compassion.
- Play that is not fun can be neither therapeutic nor constructive.
"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972
Sunday, November 30, 2014
Epigrams & Bromides I
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