I wrote this poem in February 2009 before I started teaching. I still believe it’s true after teaching for 5 years now.
A Child’s Heart
Intelligence isn’t so smart,
when dealing with a child’s heart.
Tell a child he isn’t bright,
and you’ve just increased his plight.
Success isn’t measured on a scale;
for a child’s ego is just too frail.
Hugs, encouragement, and smiles,
will help him to prevail in the trials.
Letting him know that failure is okay,
as long as we try the very next day.
Intelligence, and its measure,
should be in the perseverance we treasure.
These are the things that make a person smart…
when you’re dealing with a child’s heart.
Graham, Billy “A Time for Moral Courage”, Reader’s Digest. July 1964
Reprinted by permission in The Virgin Islands Daily News, 29 October 1964.
WEB PRESENCE: http://www.billygraham.org/
WEB PRESENCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Graham
Durant, Will. Commencement Speech. We Have a Right to be Happy Today. Webb School of Claremont, CA. 7 Jun 1958.
WEB PRESENCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Will_Durant
WEB PRESENCE: http://www.willdurant.net/index.html/
WEB PRESENCE: http://cloudcraft.com/knowledge/