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

Wednesday, June 08, 2016


June 7, 1955: In a letter to the poet W. H. Auden, Hobbit-creator J.R.R. Tolkien recalls, "I first tried to write a story when I was about seven. It was a about a dragon. I remember nothing about it except a philological fact. My mother said nothing about the dragon, but pointed out that one could not say 'a green great dragon,' but had to say 'a great green dragon.' I wondered why and still do. The fact that I remember this is possibly significant, as I do not think I ever tried to write a story again for many years …"

From: Susan Ohanian, Books Day by Day, June 7.

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