…Pablo Casals who wrote:
“Each second we live is a new unique moment of the universe, a moment that never was before and will never be again. And what do we teach our children in school? We teach them two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France. When will we also teach them what they are? We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the world there is no other like you….You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel. And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is, like you, a marvel? You must cheish one another. You must work—we all must work to make this world worthy of its children.”
This is from JOYS AND SORROWS (Simon and Schuster, 1970) and quoted in LET THEM BE THEMSELVES by Lee Bennett Hopkins, 3rd Edition, (Harper Trophy, 1992) p. 207.
I’ve had this quote on my desk for years. How relevant it is for all of us and especially for those of us who teach.