Merlyn’s dreadful privilege

Tony Schwartz’s comments on the role of paradox as an ingredient of living a good life are also applicable to teaching our students.

Our future kings require both realistic assessment and unswerving faith.

We must provide realistic, accurate, and thorough assessments of our students, and teach them to assess themselves in a similar manner.

Our faith in a student’s potential must be wholehearted, passionate, and unswerving – even while providing the most sobering assessment of a student’s performance. Such faith is grounded in love, and we must teach them to love themselves & each other in a similar manner.

Managing this paradox is the dreadful privilege of every Merlyn.


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