Our fifth grade teacher, Bob Digiantomasso (Mr. Dijon), had a carved wooden plaque at the front of his classroom that read, “There ain’t no one so DUMB as he who WON’T learn!”
That may seem like a mean thing for an elementary school teacher to advertise to his impressionable students. School boards would demand that plaque’s removal in today’s schoolroom, especially when the sentence lacked the “he or she” phrasing which bloats so much writing today.
If anyone claims Mr. Dijon was insensitive, he or she is wrong. You see, if you think about his plaque, it didn’t say that people who could not learn are dumb. It didn’t say that if learning a particular subject was really difficult it meant they are dumb. It used the words WON’T learn. Won’t means someone is unwilling. Won’t means someone refuses to try. Won’t means someone makes excuses not to learn. [Read more…]