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About Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.”  By Ralph Waldo Emerson.
 
Many of the APS elementary schools built in the 1950's were named after famous American Poets. Eugene Field ES, Whittier ES, and Hawthorne ES are three examples. Eugene Field ES was named for children's poet, Eugene Field, author of Wynken, Blynken, and Nod. Whittier ES was named for John Greenleaf Whittier, author of Snow-Bound. Hawthorne ES was named for Nathaniel Hawthorne, author of The Scarlett Letter. Our school was named for Ralph Waldo Emerson.  
 
Mr. Emerson wrote an essay called "The American Scholar". In this essay, he stated that we should learn from nature, books, and action. Nature is the most important because we are always surrounded by it. Books are second because they teach us about the past. Action is where we learn from experience. Only when we learn to “walk on our own feet” and to “speak our own minds,” Mr. Emerson says, will a nation “for the first time exist”.
 
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