“As the first Hanukkah candle is lit, we are reminded that our task is not only to secure the blessing of freedom, but to make the most of that blessing once it is secure. …From my family to yours, Chag Sameach.”—Statement by President Barack Obama on Hanukkah (via statedept)
“Researchers comparing preschools in Japan, China, and the United States in 1989 surveyed parents in the three countries and found that while 67 percent of the Chinese parents and more than half of the American parents believed preschool was crucial to give their children an academic head start, only 2 percent of Japanese parents believed this. “The reason we want children to play so much, said Yasoshima-sensei, my children’s Japanese yochien teacher,”is because it helps them learn what their interests are and who they are.”—Excerpt from Parenting Without Borders by Christine Gross Loh
“One American mom living in Sweden remembered how a Swedish colleague living in the United States as a teenager was shocked by the automatic assumption that she should be at odds with her parents. “She didn’t understand it. It wasn’t part of her experience,” she told me. In Sweden teens of any age may legally drink in private moderation, the voting age is 18, and spanking a child is a criminal offense.”—Parenting Without Borders
So what these ministers [in the black church] are saying is that they will accommodate gays as long as it’s in their best interest to accept them. ‘Let’s just not talk about it. Don’t ask, don’t tell. I’ll continue to take your tithes and offerings, let you run my choir, but I don’t think you have the right to be you. I won’t acknowledge who you are. I won’t even allow you to be married outside the church-and I will denounce those who decide that they will allow it.
But just keep those tithes coming.’
To me, that’s the height of hypocrisy.
”—Reverend Al Sharpton, from his book “The Rejected Stone”
“Most African American homes do not as a habit listen to classical music. They haven’t been shown the possibility and also they don’t see role models. That is something that has infuriated me — I was going to say ‘irked,’ but it’s not ‘irked’ — it’s infuriated me…Julius Watkins was one of the greatest French Horn players I have ever met in my entire life. But he was black, so he couldn’t get a hearing at the New York Philharmonic.”—Classical pianist Roy Eaton
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