•  I came across this "story" in one of my literature classes at Penn State. I love how it really combines my passion for STEAM and children's literature. 

    "Once upon a time the famous physicist Albert Einstein was confronted by an overly concerned woman who sought advice on how to raise her small son to become a successful scientist. In particular she wanted to know what kinds of books she should read to her son.

    “Fairy Tales,” Einstein responded without hesitation.

    “Fine, but what else should I read to him after that?” the mother asked.

    “More fairy tales,” Einstein stated.

    “And after that?”

    “Even more fairy tales,” replied the great scientist, and he waved his pipe like a wizard pronouncing a happy end to a long adventure. "

    Zipes, Jack. Breaking the Magic Spell: Radical Theories of Folk and Fairy Tales. 1979.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    This amazing poem was created by an 14-year-old boy. Just remember, YOU too can do anything.  It is possible.
     

    Read the poem once through first…

    Our generation will be known for nothing.
    Never will anybody say,
    We were the peak of mankind.
    That is wrong, the truth is
    Our generation was a failure.
    Thinking that
    We actually succeeded
    Is a waste. And we know
    Living only for money and power
    Is the way to go.
    Being loving, respectful, and kind
    Is a dumb thing to do.
    Forgetting about that time,
    Will not be easy, but we will try.
    Changing our world for the better
    Is something we never did.
    Giving up
    Was how we handled our problems.
    Working hard
    Was a joke.
    We knew that
    People thought we couldn’t come back
    That might be true,
    Unless we turn things around

    Did you notice it? Now, read the poem again – only backwards.

    Unless we turn things around
    That might be true,
    People thought we couldn’t come back
    We knew that
    Was a joke.
    Working hard
    Was how we handled our problems.
    Giving up
    Is something we never did.
    Changing our world for the better
    Will not be easy, but we will try.
    Forgetting about that time,
    Is a dumb thing to do.
    Being loving, respectful, and kind
    Is the way to go.
    Living only for money and power
    Is a waste. And we know
    We actually succeeded
    Thinking that
    Our generation was a failure.
    That is wrong, the truth is
    We were the peak of mankind.
    Never will anybody say,
    Our generation will be known for nothing.