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When we trust and empower our children’s unique life-force, their lives play out differently because they are following their own inner rhythms rather than how others want them to be.

We know from the start that we are special. We know there are catacombs of possibility and promise within us. We also know stuckness – when the door to possibility is closed to us because we have not been seen, heard or validated.

This is about wonderment of human potential and creativity. Our children need to hear these words – You are unique. Keep going. Trust yourself. There’s no one like you. The world needs you being you.

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It takes two to know one.

Gregory Bateson

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Creativity, as has been said, consists largely of rearranging what we know in order to find out what we don’t know. …Hence, to think creatively we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted.

George Kneller – The Art and Science of Creativity, 1965

We are unknown to ourselves, we knowers, ourselves to ourselves: this has its own good reason. We have never searched for ourselves – how should it then come to pass, that we should ever find ourselves?

Friedrich Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals, 1887

There is no convincing evidence that courses in problem solving can increase one’s ability to make imaginative leaps that are often crucial in problem solving.

Morton Hunt, The Universe Within, 1982

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Excellence

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. – Aristotle

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Teacher as Liberator

Every good teacher is a catalyst to creativity, a liberator. Every bad teacher creates cages. Tim Smit

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Questions

When did I first realize that it would not be the answers I gave that would bring me comfort, but this dogged, unrelenting, extremely stubborn and by now persistent habit of asking questions?

Kim Chernin

Any form of art is a form of power; it has impact, it can affect change- it can not only move us, it makes us move.

Ossie Davis

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My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute.  Ayn Rand

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