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Cleo Abram

Student , Columbia University - Columbia College


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We can learn by exchanging and discussing our own lists of "10 Things I Know to be True."

After listening to Sarah Kay's beautiful speech and poetry, I tried to write my own list of "10 Things I know to be True." I learned one thing immediately: I don't know much. I learned a second thing more slowly: that's okay! I tried to distill my limited understanding of the world into this list, without being overly philosophical nor literal.

One thing I know to be true, but that is not on my list, was that Sarah Kay was right when she said that if you share your list with a group of people you will find that someone has one thing very similar, someone else has something totally contrary, another person has something you've never heard of, and still another has something that makes you think further about something you thought you knew.

So let's share ours, and find out! What do your lists have on them?

Here's mine:
1. Fiction can, at times, feel more real than fact.
2. One person, with a good idea, can change our world.
3. There are things about our universe that we will never understand.
4. #3 is not an excuse to stop trying.
5. Everyone has a story worth hearing.
6. There is always another side to the story they tell.
7. Questions can sometimes teach more than their answers.
8. Children can sometimes teach more than their parents.
9. Everyone should travel.
10. No one's truth is universal.


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    Oct 23 2011: What I Know

    I know that love, hope and drive CAN and WILL change the world.
    I know that you must love yourself before anyone else can love you.
    I know that teaching is one of the hardest jobs in the world.
    I know that teaching is one of the most fulfilling jobs in the world.
    I know that my students are future doctors, lawyers, thieves, hairstylists, governors, mayors, mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, killers and healers.
    I know that to inspire my students, I must first find the secret tool that engages them.
    I know that if family doesn't come first, all is lost.
    I know that today family is made up of mother, father, cousin, friend, pastor, teacher, coach, aunt, grandmother, and so on and so on.
    I know that all children have a glorious future.
    I know that not all children realize this and squander their futures.

    I know that most of what I do know revolves around kids. Hmmmm.... Something I didn't know before.

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