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Sandra Dodd Quotes

An America Educator.

A joyful attitude is your best tool.

Halfway between the past we can't change and the future we can only imagine, we find ourselves in the present. Not just the present year, but the present day; not just the present day, but the present moment.

How you live in the moment affects how you live in the hour, and the day, and the lifetime.

If you're following any curriculum at all, you'll be missing the happy unfolding of real life. If you schedule so carefully that you can't change your schedule when something really cool happens or you pass by a folk festival or you get invited last-minute to see a magician, that schedule could be detrimental.

Kids who are in school just visit life sometimes, and then they have to stop to do homework or go to sleep early or get to school on time. They're constantly reminded they are preparing "for real life," while being isolated from it.

Our culture lies. They say they want to encourage and reward individuality and creativity, but in practice they try to hammer down the pointy parts, and shame off the different parts.

School calls a small sliver of the world "all", and we call all of life's learning "some".

We make choices ALL the time. Learning to make better ones in small little ways, immediate ways, makes life bigger and better. Choosing to be gentle with a child, and patient with ourselves, and generous in ways we think might not even show makes our children more gentle, patient and generous.