“you should never, never doubt something that no one is sure of.” ― roald dahl


12042841_10153187486406173_2213105574558615294_n“i understand what you’re saying, and your comments are valuable, but I’m gonna ignore your advice.”
― roald dahl – fantastic mr. fox
Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer, poet, screenwriter, and fighter pilot.Born in Wales to Norwegian parents, Dahl served in the Royal Air Force during World War II, in which he became a flying ace and intelligence officer, rising to the rank of acting wing commander. He rose to prominence in the 1940s with works for both children and adults and became one of the world’s best-selling authors. He has been referred to as “one of the greatest storytellers for children of the 20th century”. Among his awards for contribution to literature, he received the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 1983, and Children’s Author of the Year from the British Book Awards in 1990. In 2008 The Times placed Dahl 16th on its list of “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945.”

“a little magic can take you a long way.”
― roald dahl

credits: roalddahl.com, npr.com, fantastic mr. fox, charlie and the chocolate factory

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  1. That made me smile so much. Here is a school report I received when I was aged eight !! “Time is running out for Wells. Must learn to take life seriously” and from another teacher at around the same time, “Any hope of improvement vanishing rapidly” . These brilliant insights have made me smile for my entire post school life 🙂

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  2. Ummm, so true. We see what we expect – not what is. Excellent post Beth – it gives me hope for humanity. There is a wonderful urban teaching myth that I read in Chicken Soup for Teacher’s Soul. Apparently a new teacher was assigned to a class in a rough neighborhood part way through the year when the original teacher became sick. She got the documentation for her class with no explanation and noticed that beside each name there was a number ranging from 115 to 150 in random order. The class had a very bad reputation and she worked unceasingly with them until at the end of the year they tested in the top of their category for the state and won numerous awards in competitions. The principal took the opportunity to call the teacher aside and congratulate her. He wanted to now how she got the very worst class in the worst school in the district and turned them around to be such high achievers. The teacher replied that it wasn’t hard when the school had given her a class where all the students very smart. The principal wanted to know how she came to the conclusion the students were smart and she told him that their IQ’s were beside their names in her role call -all between 115 and 150. The principal told her that those numbers were the kids’ locker numbers. 🙂

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  3. Children have survived an education for years and years, but wouldn’t it be nice if someday we changed the system…just enough to teach AND inspire? Not just cram curriculum? I’m all for the basics, but there’s room for more.

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  4. Always like what you have to say, and I might add, always doubt something someone is sure of. Anyway, thank you so much for liking my post of “Little Boy’s Dream.” Thanks again and Aloha – pjs/

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  5. It’s always interesting to see how famous people fared in the mass schooling system – and to see how often they just didn’t fare very well … could there maybe something wrong with the system do you think 😉

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  6. I love Roald Dahl and am always glad when there are people thinking outside the box.♡

    Sometimes I am all over the place, spread thin when I prefer thick spreads. 🙂
    10 hour workdays this week, went to football practices, went to Delaware County fair 2 times so far (Beatles tribute band fantastic and yet, loud Motocross nearby: bad timing for music.) Missed your fun posts yet caught half moon hanging in sky and beauty in Fall changes, too. Happy Autumn mysteries to you, Beth xo

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