So here it is:
"It's easy to convince people that children need to learn the alphabet and numbers. How do we help people to realize that what matters is how a person's inner life finally puts together the alphabet and numbers of his outer life?Just beautiful! I should really frame it and put it on my desk at work -- for a little encouragement when I'm feeling too tired to be a good teacher...
What really matters is whether he uses the alphabet for the declaration of war or the description of a sunrise, and his numbers for the final count in Buchenwald or for the specifics of a new bridge"
Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers)
I found some lovely prints on Etsy to go along with the theme of the quote:
|Alphabet animals from Ink Tree Press|
|Ocean numbers from The Paper Tray|
|Now I know my ABCs from Sugar Fresh|
|Mister Numbers from Sugar Fresh|