Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Rich Long on The Five Things I've Learned

Our friend Rich Long is the newest voice on The Five Things I've Learned.

Rich has worked for the International Reading Association for over 30 years and the Nation Association of State Title l for 15 years to help shape government policy as it applies to literacy and educating students living in some of our poorest communities.

On The Five Things I've Learned, Rich writes that Thomas Jefferson's quote, "A nation that expects to be ignorant and free, in the state of civilization, expects 
what never was and will never be," is as true today as it was in 1816.  He says "Education benefits more than just the recipient. We all benefit. While many are making the argument that completing high school or college will benefit only the individual, Jefferson made the argument that the nation as a whole benefits. While Jefferson was most likely reflecting the values of the day, today these words point us to a much richer direction of meaning in that we all benefit from each individual's thinking and problem-solving skills." Now that is something to think about.

To read more of Rich's insights go to http://www.thefivethings.org/rich-long.

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