"Like the study of science and art, accounts of historical events can be intrinsically fascinating. But they have a wider significance. I believe that people are better able to chart their life course and make life decisions when they know how others have dealt with pressures and dilemmas---historically, contemporaneously, and in works of art. And only equipped with such understanding can we participate knowledgeably in contemporary discussions (and decisions) about the culpability of various individuals and countries in the Second World War. Only with such understanding can we ponder the responsibilty of human beings everywhere to counter current efforts at genocide in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia to bring the perpetrators to justice."
"...we humans are the kinds of animals who learn chiefly by observing others---what they value, what they spurn, how they conduct themselves from day to day, and especially, what they do when they believe that no one is looking."
----Howard Gardner, from The Disciplined Mind, published in 1999

Friday, June 15, 2007

Happy Weekend!

Happy Weekend, dear reader!
We are off to New York City to celebrate the end of the school year tomorrow. Can I say how excited I am? Dim sum, museums, and more Mr. Potato Head parts from the Disney store on 5th Ave...
(sighing happily)

Here is an interesting article by Temple Grandin on visual thinking. I came across it earlier this week doing my project research. She is one of my favorite writers/role models:


Please enjoy!


The Artist formerly Known as Purpleworms (!) said...

Have a great time!

I have lots of neckties said...

Ditto on the great time. My daughter just got back from NYC after spending three days there. She was visiting her aunt who lives in Queens. She saw Warhol at MOMA (just missing Angelina Jolie), caught a Broadway show, and ate dimsum and hunted for designer-knockoff bags in Chinatown.

My role in all this? Driving her to and from the bus.