Do the right thing

The time is always right to do the right thing.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King leaning on a lectern. Deuts...

Today is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday in the US observed on the the third Monday of January. (He was born on 15 January 1929.)

Even if we are pressed for time in our classrooms, the least we could do is to share some of his quotes.

A message so important for today’s fame-hungry teenagers: Not everybody could be famous but everybody can be great because greatness is determined by service.

Let us teachers never forget the following: “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically… Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”

“Let no man pull you so low as to hate him. Always avoid violence.” – A must if we are to make the dream come true.



Coincidentally, the following comic strip by Joe Schuster appeared on 16 January 1939.



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