Monday, January 16, 2006

An owl's feather

"Hatred and bitterness can never cure the disease of fear, only love can do that. Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it."
- Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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On different note, my child's homework today consists of finding the ratio between x cupcakes, y chickenwings, and z pastries. Her math book is in translation, but still, isn't that a trifle peculiar?

11 Comments:

Blogger Frankie said...

One of my favorite quotes...Happy MLK day!

1/16/2006 12:09 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

It's so forcefully black and white, love and hate, but it has cadence, a beautiful cadence, and yes, if our hearts are full of love and forgiveness, then, yes... anything is possible. Surely dreams can come true.

A friend of mine said the mind is in control if you find things wrong with, but the heart looks for what's right with any situation...

I'm not really into stark differentiations, opposites, but rather grey shades, but, sounds good to me.

Cupcakes, chickenwings and pastries, hmnn, now you could cook up a feast and do math on the kitchen table... :) (translated from what language? If, say, from Japanese, that would imply a mathematician's or editor's idea of what the Westerner child might like, which is rather odd, I agree)

1/16/2006 1:57 PM  
Blogger MB said...

Happy MLK Day to you, Frankie!

Brenda, I'm not much into stark differentiations either, but it's clear that to me that approaching life from the point of view of love makes a world of difference.

The math book is from Singapore. The kitchen is my favorite place to do math, actually. Oh, and when making something from paper.

1/16/2006 2:41 PM  
Blogger garnet david said...

Thank you for the reminder of King's legacy. Now if we would only live by that wise advice.

1/16/2006 2:52 PM  
Blogger rdl said...

Love, love , love the quote, never heard it. Thanks. get use to the math; with any luck your child will be good at it and you wont' have to do it.

1/16/2006 7:39 PM  
Blogger MB said...

David & rdl, thanks. Much to learn, on both fronts!

1/17/2006 8:43 AM  
Blogger kasturi said...

also a new quote to me - and i love it...

1/17/2006 10:40 AM  
Anonymous Becca said...

Great quote by King and thank you for the referral to whiskey river and the Mary Oliver poem ... marvelous!And ... I love your Friday the 13th post. (could never figure out Math so what your child's homework is all about is as difficult to figure out as all Math equations have always been for me ... I always wanted to say "so what?!").

1/17/2006 10:48 AM  
Blogger MB said...

Thanks, Karen.
Becca, you are welcome, I couldn't help but think of you after your comments about discovering Mary Oliver's poetry.

1/18/2006 11:37 AM  
Blogger Richard Lawrence Cohen said...

I'm emailing your math book vignette to my wife, who is a math education professor. I'll let you know if she has any notable response.

1/29/2006 5:50 AM  
Blogger Richard Lawrence Cohen said...

Here it is:

"The combination of chickenwings with cupcakes and pastries may be peculiar, but having 3 quantities in ratio isn't. For example, it could be a question of a platter that has x cupcakes, y chickenwings, and z pastries and finding what quantities of each are needed for multiple platters, e.g., for a party. It's a good problem!

It's probably Singapore Math, which is generally well regarded."

1/29/2006 6:53 AM  

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