Thus while one may be horrified by the ravages of developmental disorder or disease, one may sometimes see them as creative too -- for if they destroy particular paths, particular ways of doing things, they may force the nervous system into making other paths and ways, force on it an unexpected growth and evolution.
-- OLIVER SACKS, AN ANTHROPOLOGIST ON MARS
Again I saw that under the sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to the skillful; but time and chance happen to them all.
-- ECCLESIASTES 9:11
Russell, Russell, Russell.
For a long time I just couldn't figure out what was going on with Russell.
I first taught him when he was a ninth grader. Nothing sensational, the kind of teenager who hangs in there. Isn't it just about impossible for a teacher not to like a kid who perseveres even if the results don't exactly