“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”
“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.”
“Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn’t carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life.”
“Think before you speak. Read before you think.”
“No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.”
This is most likely the third time I have read this book and there is so much to glean from it that I will most likely read it a fourth time in the future. This time I am reading it for more insight in looking at problems that are presented to me and their solutions (if there is one).
I am learning that I must sharpen my questions if I am going to come to a better understanding of what I am facing and what the world around me is facing. Readers, are you sharpening your questions and becoming your own best teacher.
I have currently started teaching tennis again to juniors from the ages of eight to eighteen. My job is to teach them to be their own best teacher. When you are out on the court alone, you must be able to come up with a strategy and solutions to offset your opponent. This hopefully will carry over for them into life’s everyday problems that we all face.
I highly (once again) recommend this book and I am including a video from the author concerning his thoughts:
The Bad-Ass Librarians Of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer tells the the story of how hundreds of thousands of ancient texts were rescued in 2012 from almost being destroyed by jihadists in Mali. See below for a partial photograph of these documents:
These documents give the reader a taste of what Timbuktu and this region once was. This book is more than just a retelling of the escape of these manuscripts but also the telling of the history of jihad in the area and Mali’s own Arab Spring.
The author describes the horror and brutality that are given out by these young jihadists to the residents and how the librarian, Abdel Kader Haidara, who had spent his lifetime in gathering these north African manuscripts into a central library, faces the challenge in saving these documents and figuring out how to smuggle them out of Timbuktu.
This looks to be a great read in understanding a part of the world in which I am not familiar with and its history.
Here is a video from the author for your viewing pleasure:
In A Different Key: The Story Of Autism by John Donvan and Caren Zucker tells a tight-knit story of the misunderstanding of autism and its discovery over seventy-five years with the diagnosis of Donald Triplett of Forest, Mississippi. The book explores the political battles as well as the shame that families went through and are still going through. Families are faced with finding a place in the world for those afflicted with this condition and political struggles are shared such as freeing children from nightmarish institutions, campaigns for the right for these children to go to school, educating the world about the true meaning of autism and aiding society in accepting autistic people.
This book shares the intimate stories of those who have fought long and hard against the controversies that surround autism such as vaccines and whether a cure for autism should be pursued. This book does an excellent job in examining the history of autism and the struggles as well as the progress that has been made in the acceptance of autism and the effect of our society.
Here is a video from the authors for your viewing:
Book Of Interest: Schools On Trial By Nikhil Goyal
Schools On Trial by twenty year old Nikhal Goyal attacks how we are using the principle of teach to the test and are stifling our student’s creativity and freedom to learn because of it. He prescribes taking the common sense approach of using a student’s gifts and applying them to their drive and passion in maximizing learning.
He explores, at his own high school, Syosset in Long Island, New York, and which was ranked by Newsweek as the 143rd best high school in the United States, the downside of high school education as it entails cliques, bullying and other negative aspects of our social world and how it causes our educational system to further deteriorate. This book shows the reader the destruction of standardized education and its effects on our country and its creativity.
This book came out on February 16th, and I look forward to reporting on it further. Here is a video from the author talking about his book.