This is my space to rant and rave, vent and vex about education, my passion. I am calling it "Mining for Hidden Gems" because of the above quote and because as a teacher, my job is to look for those gems. The real valuable ones are not usually on the surface. You have to dig deep to find them.
I am also borrowing from Katherine Bomer's wonderful book Hidden Gems: Naming and Teaching From the Brilliance in Every Student's Writing. It has changed the way I look at not just student work but students themselves and all people around me.
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Ms. Moynihan's speech was followed by an address from Dr. Sharon Jarvis, a Professor at the UT College of Communications. She challenged the students being honored today to "safe-guard" their communities with the same diligence that they have safe-gaurded their GPAs! To think critically, ask questions, work hard and sacrifice to better the world. This is what higher education is all about.
I know this is not the only institution of higher learning that instills these kinds of values in its graduates, but I feel blessed that I have not one, but two of my children studying at the University of Texas.
"That one indeed is a man who, today, dedicateth himself to the service of the entire human race . . ."