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Abraham Lincoln’s Letter to His Son's Teacher
My son starts school today. It is all going to be strange and new to him for a while and I wish you would treat him gently. It is an adventure that might take him across continents. All adventures that probably include wars, tragedy and sorrow. To live this life will require faith, love and courage.

So dear Teacher, will you please take him by his hand and teach him things he will have to know, teaching him – but gently, if you can. Teach him that for every enemy, there is a friend. He will have to know that all men are not just, that all men are not true. But teach him also that for every scoundrel there is a hero, that for every crooked politician, there is a dedicated leader.

Teach him if you can that 10 cents earned is of far more value than a dollar found. In school, teacher, it is far more honorable to fail than to cheat. Teach him to learn how to gracefully lose, and enjoy winning when he does win.

Teach him to be gentle with people, tough with tough people. Steer him away from envy if you can and teach him the secret of quiet laughter. Teach him if you can – how to laugh when he is sad, teach him there is no shame in tears. Teach him there can be glory in failure and despair in success. Teach him to scoff at cynics.

Teach him if you can the wonders of books, but also give time to ponder the extreme mystery of birds in the sky, bees in the sun and flowers on a green hill. Teach him to have faith in his own ideas, even if every one tell him they are wrong.

Try to give my son the strength not to follow the crowd when everyone else is doing it. Teach him to listen to every one, but teach him also to filters all that he hears on a screen of truth and take only the good that comes through.

Teach him to sell his talents and brains to the highest bidder but never to put a price tag on his heart and soul. Let him have the courage to be impatient, let him have the patient to be brave. Teach him to have sublime faith in himself, because then he will always have sublime faith in mankind, in God.

This is the order, teacher but see what best you can do. He is such a nice little boy and he is my son.

Brief Review
This letter was supposedly or allegedly written by Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States of America (1861 – 1865). There are those who argued that this letter is fabricated and that Lincoln never wrote such letter, seeing that it contain no date and did not mention the particular son of his that was going to school at the time. Though there has been no confirmation as to who authored of this letter, one thing is certain. The letter does contain some thought provoking words. It is itself an embodiment of wisdom and it sure will make the world a much better place if 50% of present day parents can emulate at least 50% of what is contained in this letter.

It was an amazing feat when he ask his son's teacher to teach his son that, it is more honourable to fail than to cheat. That he should have faith in his own ideas, even if all the people around are telling him that his ideas are wrong. The teacher should teach him to be gentle with gentle people and tough with tough people.

More importantly, the teacher should teach him the wonder of books. He should give the boy some quiet time to think about the eternal mysteries and wonders of nature, the birds in the sky, the bees in the sun and the flowers on a green hillside.

How many parents in today's world can ask their children teacher(s) to teach their kids that, 10 cents earned is of far more value than a dollar found?
Just asking...!

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