Confessions of a Reluctant Teacher

July 31, 2009

“Can Do”

Filed under: New York Times,unschooling — christinag503 @ 11:13 pm

I wanted to draw your attention to another brilliant installment of Maira Kalman’s monthly feature, “And The Pursuit of Happiness,” an illustrated column about American democracy.  Her stories of famous Americans are particularly inspiring.  July’s focus is Benjamin Franklin, a great American and a grade-school dropout.

That’s right, Ben had no formal education past the age of ten.  He never learned that he was supposed to wait for other, more qualified people to tell him what to do.  To quote Maira:

“He saw a dirty street and created a sanitation department.

He saw a house on fire and created a fire department.

He saw sick people and founded a hospital

He saw people needing an education and founded a university.”

Well, nobody’s perfect.

Check it out.  Be inspired.

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