Whether or not you discover your talents and passions is partly a matter of opportunity. If you’ve never been sailing, or picked up an instrument, or tried to teach or to write fiction, how would you know if you had a talent for these things?
I started to learn Greek when I was in high school, the last year of high school, by accident, because my teacher knew Greek and she offered to teach me on the lunch hour, so we did it in an informal way, and then I did it at university, and that was the main thing of my life.
The arts, sciences, humanities, physical education, languages and maths all have equal and central contributions to make to a student’s education.
You can be creative in anything – in math, science, engineering, philosophy – as much as you can in music or in painting or in dance.
Redistribution of wealth would require enormous amounts of investment. The only time an elite has accepted this has been during crises, such as in America in the 1930s under Roosevelt.
All children start their school careers with sparkling imaginations, fertile minds, and a willingness to take risks with what they think.
There is something exciting about being in an environment in which it’s really cool to be smart.
I would say the issue for the labor movement in the United States is not structural… there is no correlation between the success of workers and how the labor movement is structured.
You can’t just give someone a creativity injection. You have to create an environment for curiosity and a way to encourage people and get the best out of them.
Maybe I could have been good as a drawer if I had done it as much as I did writing, but it’s more scary to draw. It’s more revealing. You can’t disguise yourself in drawing.