>"An excellent plumber is infinitely more admirable than an incompetent >philosopher. The society that scorns excellence in plumbing because >plumbing is a humble activity, and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy >because it is an exalted activity, will have neither good plumbing nor good >philosophy. Neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water." John >Gardner > >I keep a yellowed copy of this quotation within easy view of my desk. It >brings me back to reality of our responsibility to offer every student the >opportunity to achieve excellence in whatever endeavor *the student* >chooses to pursue at whatever stage of her/his life.
THIS IS WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!! As long as the society (or any in it) does NOT exclude certain peoples from any endeavors.
I do think, though, that parents need to "help" their children with some of these choices until the parents feel the child can and should make the decisions on their own.