I was walking down the sidewalk toward the main doors of a school the other day on my way to do a clinic with their bands. Just a few feet before the doors I noticed words written in what was once – long ago – wet cement. I was mesmerized. I stood there motionless, silently staring at the words now permanently affixed, set in stone if you will. And though I have known the remarkable quote for decades, it seemed under those circumstances to take on a greater, even more profound meaning. There in front of me were the remarkable words of Haim Ginott: “Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression.” Words that every day, for us as teachers, are as awesome a responsibility as they are an awesome opportunity.
Peter Loel Boonshaft, Director of Education
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