This I Believe Essay Education

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Roll Away the Stone

Pearl S. Buck - Perkasie, Pennsylvania

As heard on The Bob Edwards Show, January 22, 2010

Even in the face of possible nuclear war, Nobel Prize-winning writer Pearl S. Buck finds her faith in humanity to be stronger than ever, and believes that cooperation can solve the world’s problems.

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The Joy And Enthusiasm Of Reading

Rick Moody - Fishers Island, New York

As heard on Morning Edition, August 29, 2005

Rick Moody has built a life in words: in writing them for his books like “The Ice Storm,” and in reading them. He believes there is unlimited joy in opening a new book and delving into its story.

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An Ideal of Service to Our Fellow Man

Albert Einstein - Princeton, New Jersey

As heard on All Things Considered, 2005

Nobel Prize-winning physicist Albert Einstein finds beauty in life's mysteries, and says the fate of mankind depends on individuals choosing public service over private gain.

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Doing Things My Own Way

Bela Fleck - Nashville, Tennessee

As heard on Morning Edition, September 25, 2006

Musician Bela Fleck has gained critical acclaim for moving the banjo from its traditional roots into jazz and classical genres. He believes figuring out how to do things his own may made that possible.

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The Power of Mysteries

Alan Lightman - Boston, Massachusetts

As heard on Morning Edition, January 2, 2006

Childhood wonder at the stars fueled Alan Lightman’s interest in science. Now an astrophysicist and novelist, Lightman believes our greatest creativity, in science and art, comes from awe at the unknown.

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Disrupting My Comfort Zone

Brian Grazer - Beverly Hills, California

As heard on All Things Considered, June 26, 2006

With movies like A Beautiful Mind and Apollo 13 to his credit, Oscar-winning producer Brian Grazer could rest on his laurels. But that’s not for him. Grazer believes in disrupting his comfort zone.

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Nick Capo - Jacksonville, Illinois

As heard on The Bob Edwards Show, April 1, 2011

English professor Nick Capo spent many evenings during his youth playing basketball with his father. Although he preferred volleyball and books, Capo saw his father’s drive to perfect his jump shot as an inspiration for how he could live his own life.

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Education Is the Key

Kenneth Gamble - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

As heard on the This I Believe podcast, February 15, 2016

GRAMMY-award winner Kenneth Gamble strongly believes that education of our young people must include honest discussions about slavery and the impact it has had on many generations of Americans—of all colors. Gamble believes that education is the key to ending the cycle of violence, poverty, ignorance, war, and racism.

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Life Is a Spiritual Struggle

Joseph Laycock - Brighton, Massachusetts

As heard on the This I Believe podcast, January 18, 2016

When Joseph Laycock works out at his martial arts gym, he’s the only teacher in the room. He believes his training in jujitsu and kickboxing prepares him for his work in the classroom where, Laycock says, students need a teacher who will fight for them.

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Learning How to See

Claire Lamberth - Wilmington, Delaware

As heard on the This I Believe podcast, November 30, 2015

When in high school, Claire Lamberth had two teachers who taught her how to see things differently. Still, today, she continues to see something new each time she looks at something familiar, and she hopes future generations are also taught to use their own eyes and ears.

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