Writing Rules

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And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.”

William Shakespeare

I try to imagine William Shakespeare reading a book on the rules of writing.  Rules create a comfort zone, even for those magnificent free spirits who feel constrained by their limitations. Grammar and punctuation give structure;  subject and verb agreement  eliminates confusion; omitting redundant words brings the thought into crisp focus.

W. Somerset Maugham once advised, “There are three rules for writing a novel.  Unfortunately, no one knows what there are.” Mason Cooley, professor emeritus of English, speech and world literature at the College of Staten Island said “there are different rules for reading, for thinking and for talking.  Writing blends all three of them.”   He didn’t elaborate on the particulars so I assume that it is an individual exploration into the three activities.  He did say, however that “when you can’t figure out what to do, it’s time for a nap.”

Writing is an inward expedition.  With every idea, word, sentence, paragraph we are constructing our personal rules.  It is our journey, our voice and our message.  When we offer our thoughts to the world, we invite others to join in the conversation. Ernest Hemingway likened it to a well supplied by fresh water.

“I learned never to empty the well of my writing, but always to stop when there was still something there in the deep part of the well, and let it refill at night from the springs that fed it.

Ernest Hemingway

The Legacy

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Education’s legacy is hope…

freedom…

and the power to change the world.

May we bequeath this inheritance to our children…

 

“He who opens a school door, closes a prison.”

Victor Hugo

“Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.”

George Washington Carver

“Education is the most power weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Nelson Mandela

“Education is the transmission of civilization.”

Will Durant

Education & Learning – Are they the same?

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“The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.”

Albert Einstein

We have sold ourselves into a fast food model of education, and it’s impoverishing our spirit and our energies as much as fast food is depleting our physical bodies.” 

Sir Ken Robinson

The age old debate of whether education and learning are the same is gaining momentum. Never before has education been so valuable and yet, whether learning has occurred is now being questioned.  We have the technology that allows us to communicate and transfer knowledge across the globe in a matter of seconds; the possibilities for advancement are virtually limitless.  Yet, in our dangerously divided world, this potential can only be realized when our learning institutions raise the hopes and spirits of humanity.  Only then can we, as a global community, learn to seek peaceful solutions, embrace diversity and experience a renaissance.

Education – The Gift of Life

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“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” 

John Dewey

 

The measure of any civilization is how they transfer knowledge from generation to generation.  A culture that grants exclusive  knowledge rights to their chosen elite will never experience long term well-being or sustainability. Education breathes life into a society that believes everyone should be endowed with the gift of learning.

I want to live where I can breathe the air of life-long learning.  What better place than within our blogger community?