My students are doing projects on 19th Century American Heroes. Yesterday a student found a quote from Clara Barton that she asked me to help her interpret. After reading it I realized that it was a quote that describes my feelings towards education.
“I have an almost complete disregard of precedent, and a faith in the possibility of something better. It irritates me to be told how things have always been done. I defy the tyranny of precedent. I go for anything new that might improve the past.” – Clara Barton
I really want a quote. You know, a quote that when people hear it they say “hey, didn’t Paul Bogush say that.” A quote that will last longer than my presence here on Earth. One that is googlable. I thought I had a pretty good one awhile back. Years ago I started saying that “I don’t teach kids so that they will be ready for the future, I teach them to create the future.” Well a couple months ago I heard Wesley Fryer use it in a podcast and have seen it pop up in a couple of other places. Seems like I lost that one. Dang it.
Maybe someday I will blog the quote or post that gets sent around the internet. I really think that is the reason why I am blogging. For the hope that one day I will hit gold with some words and get my 15 Seconds of Fame. Do you have a post or quote you want to be known for?
For now I live on watching my little counter go up by a few each day, and for those of you that leave comments—I can’t even tell you how much it means to me. I can almost say with certainty that if my counter did not take a few ticks up each day, and I did not get the occasional comments I would stop blogging. That’s not a good thing, but the truth. So for everyone who visits Blogush and leaves a comment—Thank you. Thank you so much. You really do make me feel so important.