Today is the 151st anniversary of of President Lincoln’s renowned two minute Gettysburg speech dedicating the cemetery there. After the speech President Lincoln told a friend, “That speech won’t scour. It is a flat failure.”
Due to Lincoln’s busy schedule, no one thought he could attend the ceremony. Therefore, Mr. Edward Everett, a famous orator from Massachusetts was the main presenter. Mr. Everett had studied the war, the military records and presented an accurate picture for the crowd. He spoke for two hours and it was reported that many were in tears when he stepped away from the podium. Then Mr. Lincoln presented his Gettysburg Address.
The next day Mr. Everett wrote to Lincoln and praised the “eloquent simplicity & appropriateness” of his remarks. “I should be glad, if I could flatter myself that I came as near to the central idea of the occasion, in two hours, as you did in two minutes.”
Both were valuable speeches but Mr. Lincoln’s is the one most of us remember today. Still at that time the President doubted whether or not his speech was effective. Mr. Lincoln’s speech was short, well thought out and it came from his heart. It was definitely not a flat failure.
Many times I’ve heard parents question whether they are doing enough for their children, and like Lincoln might wonder if their actions might be a flat failure. Are they spending enough, planning enough, finding enough opportunities?
Learning doesn’t have to involve complex and expensive lessons. Simple well thought out opportunities that are matched to a child’s interests prove successful time and time again.
Of course – the lessons learned may not result in renowned speeches, but for your own family history they will become priceless memories and stepping stones on your unique families path.
Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904 in Massachusetts. He wrote over 46 books, including some of the more notable ones such as Green Eggs and Ham. Many of his books became t.v. specials, feature films and even a play on Broadway.
I recently received a note from Henry Cate announcing that they will be celebrating the 5th anniversary of their Carnival of Homeschooling this week.
If you would like to participate, please visit their Why Homeschool blog to learn more.
I’d like to publicly thank the Cate family for continuing to offer this opportunity. The Carnival of Homeschooling offers a weekly opportunity to visit other homeschool blogs and explore a variety of resources. \If you would like to check on past Carnivals, please click on the COH link in the right hand sidebar.
Laura shares data that helps any parent or educator wanting to understand how vital natural learning is to each and every child. She also offers valuable insight and tips on everything starting with where to begin to how to create enriching networks in your own community.
Finally, there are accounts of homeschool families from around the world that provide a real life insight that gave me the feeling of having attended a homeschool support gathering.
Once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down. I enjoyed the data, family stories and practical advise that it offers to families with children from pre-school on up. It is really a one stop read that will help to empower generations to come.
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