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    Mrs. LoCastro
    Basic Skills Reading Instructor 
    Tuesday, March 26, 2019
     
      
     

    Letter To A Teacher

    Abraham Lincoln
     

    He will have to learn, I know,

    that all men are not just,

    all men are not true.

    But teach him also that

    for every scoundrel there is a hero;

    that for every selfish Politician,

    there is a dedicated leader…

    Teach him for every enemy there is a friend,

     
     

    Steer him away from envy,

    if you can,

    teach him the secret of

    quiet laughter.

     
     

    Let him learn early that

    the bullies are the easiest to lick…

    Teach him, if you can,

    the wonder of books…

    But also give him quiet time

    to ponder the eternal mystery of birds in the sky,

    bees in the sun,

    and the flowers on a green hillside.

     
     

    In the school teach him

    it is far more honorable to fail

    than to cheat…

    Teach him to have faith

    in his own ideas,

    even if everyone tells him

    they are wrong…

    Teach him to be gentle

    with gentle people,

    and tough with the tough.

     
     

    Try to give my son

    the strength not to follow the crowd

    when everyone is getting on the band wagon…

    Teach him to listen to all men…

    but teach him also to filter

    all he hears on a screen of truth,

    and take only the good

    that comes through.

     
     

    Teach him if you can,

    how to laugh when he is sad…

    Teach him there is no shame in tears,

    Teach him to scoff at cynics

    and to beware of too much sweetness…

    Teach him to sell his brawn

    and brain to the highest bidders

    but never to put a price-tag

    on his heart and soul.

     
     

    Teach him to close his ears

    to a howling mob

    and to stand and fight

    if he thinks he’s right.

    Treat him gently,

    but do not cuddle him,

    because only the test

    of fire makes fine steel.

     
     

    Let him have the courage

    to be impatient…

    let him have the patience to be brave.

    Teach him always

    to have sublime faith in himself,

    because then he will have

    sublime faith in mankind.

     
     

    This is a big order,

    but see what you can do…

    He is such a fine little fellow,

    my son!
     
     
     
     Remember, “Knowledge is Power”!
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