My Mom: The Greatest Teacher in the World...

A certain swordsman in his declining years said the following:
In one's life, there are levels in the pursuit of study. In the lowest level, a person studies, but nothing comes of it, and he feels that both he and others are unskilful. At this point he is worthless. In the middle level he is still useless, but is aware of his own insufficiencies and can also see the insufficiencies of others. In a higher level he has pride concerning his own ability, rejoices in praise from others, and laments the lack of ability in his fellows. This man has worth. In the highest level a man has the look of knowing nothing.

These are the levels in general. But there is one transcending level, and this is the most excellent of all. This person is aware of the endlessness of entering deeply into a certain Way and never thinks of himself as having finished. He truly knows his own insufficiencies and never in his whole life thinks that he has succeeded. He has no thoughts of pride but with self-abasement knows the Way to the end. It is said that Master Yagyu once remarked, "I do not know the way to defeat others, but the way to defeat myself”. Throughout your life advance daily, becoming more skilful than yesterday, more skilful than today. This is never-ending.

In the Shadow of Leaves
Yamamoto Tsunetomo

Sending out mad props to my Mom, my inspiration, my Life Model... Congrats to you for holding it down in the school system they made movies to scare lilly ass liberal art wannbes away with. 60 plus and still holding it down in the L.A.U.S.D. what do any of you know about that?Teaching lil bad ass kids how to speak proper spanish, so they could speak proper english. This is grass roots, this is frontlines, this is MAYA AGELOU phenomenal woman, hall of fame, NOBEL prize for teaching... So any of you "Smarty art Niggas" who think they know a little something about education think again, because most of ya'll just running ya mouth about reaching out (dont get mad do something, FOOL).

One of Mills College greatest graduates, her many acomplishments include:

Teaching in some of the grimey-est locations in Oakland, Los Angeles.

Working for the National Childrens Center Washington DC

Working for the Smithsonian Institution (WIsh you had her now dont you suckas!!)

and countless other institutions (all over the world) for children with disabilities.

When you look up the word teacher my Mom is the example, the standard, the bar. Nuff said... Mom you are the greatest person I have ever known, I would hope to one day reach the heights that you have reached in the places where you have fought and won the wars for the countless children of the ghetto, often talked about, but seldom seen.

Now thats some real ass gangsta shit!