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#1 posted 04-11-2013 03:32 PM

I am in agreement. Check the website we host mentioned on my homepage here at Lumberjocks. I found the most wonderful talents hidden in students with special needs (possibly they should be renamed “special abilities”).

The four letter word that keeps popping up and stands in the way of most people embracing the wonder hidden inside is … “work.”

I met a wonderful mason/philosopher once. As he was repairing a chimney on my friend’s home he was chatting along about some of the most insightful things. I asked him, if there was one thing he would share with young people, what would it be? He said, “Tell them … not everything needs to be fun. You have to carry some bricks to make a beautiful chimney.”

The computer was supposed to fix everything. It does, as long as the world you live in is virtual.

Taking something from the bubbling mud in your mind and making it stand before you in reality happens less and less, I believe because there is no large group of people to watch as living examples.

Supposedly, computers are a tool, not a universe in which we live. I never would have read your words without my computer, and I truly appreciate that, but now I am going to stand up, go into the living room I turned into a shop, and work on a brand new way to attach wheels to a workbench.

Again, check out the quest I am on to reverse some of what we have discussed here. We are trying to create something truly wonderful to put the talents and drive of the so-called “graduates” from classrooms for students with special needs to (four letter word) work. You’ll find the web address on my home page.

Thanks again for your thoughts.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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