"The highest result of education is tolerance."
Not bad, and most teachers would appreciate the thoughtfulness (I did) and move on (I didn't).
The word "tolerance" sticks in my craw--it's not a bad word, but just the hint that it requires the tolerant to endure people not of the same ilk bothers me. OK, I can't tolerate the word.
I mentioned this to the Principal, even suggesting that "love" might be a better fit, fully understanding that even the most tolerant Principal can't have a quote like this:
"The highest result of education is love."
That's too Kumbayesque even for me, and that's saying something.
Leslie, who keeps me sane, suggested "empathy"--which I really liked, and I mentioned it to our Principal.
And today I saw this on our school message board outside:
Amen. And thank you.
Oh, yes, that white stuff is snow. I'm not very tolerant of that, either.