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“The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enable us to count our blessings.”

I have had this quote hanging in my math classrooms for years. I read it, understand it and believe it every single day. Unfortunately, many of my students don’t care to read it, don’t try to understand it and can’t believe it.  Well, they might believe it in the future, but for now, some of them seem so closed off to the possibility of a future brighter than their present, they are literally unable and unwilling to see that MORE is a possibility. MORE what?

More than they have now. More confidence, more hope, more options, more financial stability, more opportunities and more of anything else they desire.

I have been trying to crack this puzzle for as long as I have been teaching. Yes, I know I can help one or two kids or see the proverbial light or show the some students that as strict as I am, I care deeply about them and their success. What I can’t seem to be able to do is to make them ALL care. They need to care about themselves, their dignity, their prospects, their souls, their humanity and the world in which we all live. This perpetual problem is one with which I struggle daily.


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“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it’s yours.”

~ Ayn Rand

“Do not let you…