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Opening Arguments

Good head stuff

This probably doesn't fit in with what professional educators have called "reinventing schools for the 21st century," but it's still a good idea -- make the kids memorize poetry:

As anyone who loves poetry will testify, when you learn a good poem, you make a good friend. You have a voice that will pop up in your head, whenever you want it, and say something beautiful and consoling and true. A poem can keep you going when you are driving on a lonely motorway, or when you are trapped on some freezing ledge in the Alps, or when you are engaged in any kind of arduous and repetitive physical activity, and need to keep concentration. When some disaster overwhelms you, or when you are feeling unusually cheerful


tim zank
Wed, 04/08/2009 - 10:14am

Poetry is good for the soul. I still have Robert Frost pop into my head on snowy evenings when stopping by woods...

The way the weather has been, I can probably still do it again yet this April or May...heh heh heh...

Bob G.
Wed, 04/08/2009 - 2:52pm

I just thank God my teachers didn't make us memorize THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE!
(although in today's economic world, it HAS relevence)