Do not think it worth while to proceed by concealing evidence, for the evidence is sure to come to light.
Never try to discourage thinking for you are sure to succeed.
When you meet with opposition, even if it should be from your husband or your children, endeavor to overcome it by argument and not by authority, for a victory dependent upon authority is unreal and illusory.
Have no respect for the authority of others, for there are always contrary authorities to be found.
Do not use power to suppress opinions you think pernicious, for if you do the opinions will suppress you.
Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
Find more pleasure in intelligent dissent than in passive agreement, for, if you value intelligence as you should, the former implies a deeper agreement than the latter.
Be scrupulously truthful, even if the truth is inconvenient, for it is more inconvenient when you try to conceal it.
Do not feel envious of the happiness of those who live in a fool’s paradise, for only a fool will think that it is happiness.
…Which got me thinking - isn’t this what always happens with art programming? With arts and music in schools? Why is qualitative evidence inferior to (often skewed) quantitative evidence? How long before government officials will understand that the benefits of arts education might not be able to represented purely in numbers and symbols? When will people finally understand the benefits of arts programming by listening to people’s stories? Isn’t it time already?
That’s one of our biggest challenges as art educators, and we will be tested time and time again. We need to argue for the effectiveness of qualitative research, and fight hard. Who’s with me?!
YES! I have struggled with this for so long! Thank you for this post, Liz! I always figured I struggled the quantitative because I’m simply not a numbers person (although sometimes numbers can be impressive). I’ve always been most affected by the stories of participants in my programs, too—I wish there was some way to turn those stories into numbers, to fit the accepted language. How do you feel about logic models?