You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, “Why not?

- George Bernard Shaw, Back to Methuselah (1921), part 1, act 1

Stephanie Pace Marshall

Courage is the capacity to claim what we imagine (my bold). If you are carrying this new story in your heart, now is the time to step forward. There is a place in the world for your unique voice, and it carries a message that must be heard. Start anywhere, but begin the conversation, and tell the new story that brings learning and schooling to life.

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If someone doesn't speak your words, do you hear?

  • What do we imagine for the children in our schools?
  • What do we want to claim for them?
  • When do we start to unlearn teaching strategies that don't help the children learn and learn strategies that do?
  • Who are "we?"
  • Does hope matter for teachers, for children?
  • Can we claim what we imagine?
  • How do we claim what we imagine?

A Dream Deferred

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
Like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore--
And then run?

Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over--
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?

--Langston Hughes


Robert F. Kennedy

Our answer is the world's hope; it is to rely on youth. The cruelties and the obstacles of this swiftly changing planet will not yield to obsolete dogmas and outworn slogans. It cannot be moved by those who cling to a present which is already dying, who prefer the illusion of security to the excitement and danger which comes with even the most peaceful progress. This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind, a temper of the will, a quality of the imagination, a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over the love of ease.

First is the danger of futility; the belief there is nothing one man or one woman can do against the enormous array of the world's ills -- against misery, against ignorance, or injustice and violence. Yet many of the world's great movements, of thought and action, have flowed from the work of a single man. A young monk began the Protestant reformation, a young general extended an empire from Macedonia to the borders of the earth, and a young woman reclaimed the territory of France. It was a young Italian explorer who discovered the New World, and 32-year-old Thomas Jefferson who proclaimed that all men are created equal. "Give me a place to stand," said Archimedes, "and I will move the world." These men moved the world, and so can we all.

Day of Affirmation, speech, University of Capetown, South Africa (6.6.1966)