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THINKING EXCELLENT
This piece came from a junior high principal who thinks “excellent”. When we’re up to our necks in alligators, it’s hard to remember that there is more to life than getting dinner, paying the car note, and getting Mr. Smith’s report to him. There has to be an ultimate and worthy goal. For educating our children, these are the goals proposed by Bill Martin:

“Our children will be able to tell us what they think, precisely and clearly, in a variety of ways, with written and spoken languages, visual and musical devices, gesture, and stance. Their arguments must be informed, measured, and sensitive to others, and when appropriate, logically persuasive. The students must be aware of tensions between appearance and reality and be able to sort out the relevant from the irrelevant. They must find the personal authority to stand up respectfully for what they think, and to handle gracefully reasonable challenges to their views. They must be able to listen well to what others tell them.

They must have some sense of how the world works and be interested, ready to question or pose problems and know how to make sense of it. They should be versed in the language of relationships – the sciences of mathematics, science, and technology – which allows the shape of these relationships to be used.

The students must display some awareness of history – our communal memories – to figure out why we are, how we represent ourselves, the meanings and values of these representations – written, designed, somehow shaped – which define us. The students display awareness of some of the values that shape their culture and others, and how these have played out in practical affairs of the past.

Students will recognize the need to act when action is called for. They will step forward in response, committing themselves persistently and patiently as the situation may require. Students will evolve their own view of a matter, searching for both new and old patterns that serve current and future purposes. Students will display a sense of wonder and proportion in worthy things and respond to those delights.”

These may seem lofty for preschoolers. But sometimes we suffer from under-expectation. Our little ones have a sense of wonder about worthy things, and they respond with delight. They commit themselves persistently and patiently. Let us respond in kind to teach and to expect these very excellent things from those who will someday control our world.

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