Story by Deborah Chaplin   Illustrated by Jamal Ray   
Benefits of Book.....

"Do I Have To?" conveys the message that the opportunity to obtain a free education in this country is truly a gift. This book will communicate the message to our children in a humorous and yet insightful way. I have attempted to show, through Jared, how blessed we are to live in a country with access to a free education from head-start to 12th grade.  There are children throughout the world that would sacrifice anything to have this privilege.




The parent's role in conveying this message of taking full advantage of a free education is that you yourself must have a strong desire to never cease from learning. Children do as they see modeled before them.  How often do they see you pick up a book, magazine, or paper to read?  Have you ever shared with them what you have read and your purpose for reading? Rachel Carson, the biologist, writer and ecologist so beautifully expressed "If a child is to keep his inborn sense of wonder, he (or she) needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in." 



  As an educator it is important to see the goal of education; to ignite a child's inborn curiosity to learn.  As teachers we must be mindful that we model what we teach within those 6 hours each day and hopefully these experiences will enable students to spend the remaining 1,434 beautiful moments, within any given day wisely.

Here are a few quotations that are inspirational to all who have been entrusted to teach our children....

A very wise old teacher once said: "I consider a day's teaching wasted if we do not all have one hearty laugh." He meant that when people laugh together, they cease to be young and old, master and pupils, ......... They become a single group of human beings enjoying its existence." -- Gilbert Highet (Scottish-American, classicist, academic, writer, intellectual critic and literary historian)

"Thought flows in terms of stories -- stories about events, stories about people, and stories about intentions and achievements. The best teachers are the best storytellers. We learn in the form of stories." -- Frank Smith (American psycholinguist, researcher of educational systems and the nature of learning)

Once children learn how to learn, nothing is going to narrow their mind. The essence of teaching is to make learning contagious, to have one idea spark another." -- Marva Collins (African-American educator, recipient of the 2004

 National Humanities Medal)

"Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire." --William Butler Yeats (Irish poet and dramatist)

"One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child." -- Carl Jung (Swiss psychiatrist and influential thinker)

"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." -- Benjamin Franklin (American author, printer, satirist, political theorist, scientist, inventor and diplomat.



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