Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address: The most important three-minute speech ever delivered.

November 19, 2013

President Lincoln delivered the 272 word Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863 on the battlefield near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. “Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, on this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”

It might sound irreverent to refer to the Gettysburg Address as a blurb or a clip but they all have something in common; they use a minimum of words to express an idea. Expose your children to this extraordinary piece of writing, which captures important ideas in the fewest and clearest words possible. Ask them, “Which sound bites, blurbs or clips from today will be read 150 years from now?” “Will any of them even be remembered?”

A sound bite can be deep and reflective, although that is not always the case. Too many sound bites of today say little and offer less to think about.

Lincoln dismissed his speech as something “The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.” What Lincoln said was noted and remembered. Some say, the battle itself was less important than the speech.

Play is the work of childhood.

November 7, 2013

A mind at play is the source of our most creative thoughts and overuse of technology can make it difficult for the mind to play. Children need time and space to be—to play, to daydream, to imagine, and to create. Too much data coming in with technology compromises the very activities that allow us to […]


Empathy 101—read a story.

October 31, 2013

It’s hard work growing up and nobody said it was easy to be a good parent. Children need attention, love and guidance to thrive. A child’s emotional intelligence is key to their personal success and happiness. Empathy is one of the most important qualities parents can help their child develop and comes into being with cultivation, […]


Education in China and the United States: How do they compare?

October 24, 2013

I began working in China in 1998 and I just returned from my 18th trip. Reflecting over those many years I realized that certain qualities about education in China stand out. I know how foolish it is to speak in such broad and general terms but I want to share with you what I noticed […]


Books that make a sound in your heart.

October 5, 2013

The New York Public Library is risking the wrath of kids of all ages with a new list of the 100 most popular children’s books of the last 100 years that omits many favorites. Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/new-york-public-library-releases-100-popular-children-books-list-article-1.1471423#ixzz2gnjXU2ik I relish the debate! The love of a book is like a love affair and to mess with […]


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