"The whole people must take upon themselves the education of the whole people and be willing to bear the expenses of it. There should not be a district of one mile square, without a school in it, not founded by a charitable individual, but maintained at the public expense of the people themselves." -- John Adams
"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilisation, it expects what never was and never will be...nor can they be safe with them without information. Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe." – Thomas Jefferson
I went to pick up a group of first graders on Monday. As we walked out the door I noticed that Ryan, the shortest one of the bunch, had his shoulders hunched forward as if he was freezing cold. In his scrunched up fist was his t-shirt collar which was obviously soaking wet.
I said, "Ryan, are you ok?"
In his most dramatic voice he responded, "I can't help it. I chew on my shirt."
So I suggested that he let go of it...and let it dry.
To that he replied, shivering slightly, "I can't let go of it...if I do I will freeze myself up."
"Ryan," I said, "If you let go of it and it dries you will get warmer." He just shook his head.
Later on, in my classroom, I noticed that he was chewing on his shirt again...
On my way to school today, maybe I'll stop at a pet store and pick up a couple of "chew toys."
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