Saturday, July 23, 2011

"All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten" by Robert L. Fulghum

           I wanted to share this excerpt because it reminded me of the "noise" that we have been talking about in our classes.  This excerpt is a great reminder for teachers that although they are paid to teach students about subject matter, the students are learning about life and how to live as good citizens in school as well.  

All I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate-school mountain, but there in the sandpile at Sunday School. These are the things I learned:

Share everything.

Play fair.

Don't hit people.

Put things back where you found them.

Clean up your own mess.

Don't take things that aren't yours.

Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.

Wash your hands before you eat.


Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.

Live a balanced life - learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.

Take a nap every afternoon.

When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.

Wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.

Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup - they all die. So do we.

And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned - the biggest word of all - LOOK.

Everything you need to know is in there somewhere. The Golden Rule and love and basic sanitation. Ecology and politics and equality and sane living.

Take any one of those items and extrapolate it into sophisticated adult terms and apply it to your family life or your work or your government or your world and it holds true and clear and firm. Think what a better world it would be if we all - the whole world - had cookies and milk about three o'clock every afternoon and then lay down with our blankies for a nap. Or if all governments had as a basic policy to always put things back where they found them and to clean up their own mess.

And it is still true, no matter how old you are - when you go out into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.


  1. Being an adult really just means you are a better hypocrite. Us adults know how to put up a moral front that distracts people from the terrible things we do. We learned all this stuff long ago and spent our time after age 13 figuring out how not to actually follow it.

    As far as milk and cookies, though I am a big cookie fan, I think my life would be better if I got an afternoon snack of steak.

  2. That's an interesting way to look at it, Matt! As for steak, I have to agree with you, although it'd be nice to have the choice of sushi too!

  3. Apparently so, which is kinda sad if you really think about it, but it is also eye-opening for sure!

    I don't know about you, but now I'm craving for some steak!