"My son starts school today. It is all
going to be strange and new to him for a while and I wish you would treat him
gently. It is an adventure that might take him across continents. All
adventures that probably include wars, tragedy and sorrow. To live this life
will require faith, love and courage.
So dear Teacher, will you please take him by his hand and teach him
things he will have to know, teaching him - but gently, if you can. Teach him
that for every enemy, there is a friend. He will have to know that all men are
not just, that all men are not true. But teach him also that for every
scoundrel there is a hero, that for every crooked politician, there is a
Teach him if you can that 10 cents earned is
of far more value than a dollar found. In school, teacher, it is far more
honorable to fail than to cheat. Teach him to learn how to gracefully lose, and
enjoy winning when he does win.
Teach him to be gentle with people, tough
with tough people. Steer him away from envy if you can and teach him the secret
of quiet laughter. Teach him if you can - how to laugh when he is sad, teach
him there is no shame in tears. Teach him there can be glory in failure and
despair in success. Teach him to scoff at cynics.
Teach him if you can the wonders of books, but also give time to ponder
the extreme mystery of birds in the sky, bees in the sun and flowers on a green
hill. Teach him to have faith in his own ideas, even if every one tell him they
Try to give my son the strength not to follow the crowd when everyone
else is doing it. Teach him to listen to every one, but teach him also to
filters all that he hears on a screen of truth and take only the good that
Teach him to sell his talents and brains to the highest bidder but
never to put a price tag on his heart and soul. Let him have the courage to be
impatient, let him have the patient to be brave. Teach him to have sublime
faith in himself, because then he will always have sublime faith in mankind, in
This is the order, teacher but see what best you can do. He is such a
nice little boy and he is my son.