Presents proverbs that can stimulate new ways of thinking, communicating, teaching, and learning, and offers reflection about self-responsibility, collaboration, consultation, spirituality, and general life lessons.
"A rich, lively, and positive commentary on our global cultures. Obiakor's selection of proverbs and the conceptual framework for the book is, to say the least, powerful. Equally impressive and effective are his brief interpretations and prescriptions for the appropriate use of these proverbs for those involved in education, leadership, and service provision. "
Stanley C. Trent
"Obiakor poignantly bestows upon us the infinite wisdom of culturally diverse peoples that has been passed down from generation to generation. At the same time, he provides interpretations that challenge us to rethink traditional school leadership and teaching styles in ways that lead to transformed educational practices for all learners—adults and children alike—in an age of accountability and reform."
William B. Harvey
"Obiakor’s interpretations of the proverbs challenge the ordinary mind to shift paradigms and power and expand our imaginations to use real principles to solve real problems. In addition, his interpretations uniquely touch on all facets of life and challenge educators and leaders to do the right thing."
"Teachers and administrators will find it a fine collection useful as a starting point for explorations of other cultures."
From the Foreword by Jacob U. Gordon
"A rich, lively, and positive commentary on our global cultures. Obiakor's selection of proverbs and the conceptual framework for the book is, to say the least, powerful. Equally impressive and effective are his brief interpretations and prescriptions for the appropriate use of these proverbs for those involved in education, leadership, and service provision."
Festus E. Obiakor, Ph.D., is Department Head and Professor, Early Childhood and Special Education, Dewar College of Education and Human Services, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia. A teacher, scholar, and consultant, he has served as Distinguished Visiting Professor at a variety of universities. He is the author of more than 150 publications, including books, articles, and commentaries; and he has presented papers at many national and international conferences. He serves on the editorial boards of reputable nationally and internationally refereed journals, including Multicultural Learning and Teaching (MLT) in which he serves as co-executive Editor. Obiakor is a leader who has been involved in many landmark scholarly works in the fields of general and special education, with particular focus on African American and other culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) learners and he continues to prescribe multidimensional methods of assessment, teaching, and intervention for these individuals. Based on this premise, he created the Comprehensive Support Model (CSM), an intervention model that values the collaborative, consultative, and cooperative energies of students, families, teachers/service providers, communities, and government agencies.
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1. Proverbs That Teach Self-Responsibility
Proverb #1: If Everyone Loves You, You Will Not Know Who Poisoned You
Proverb #2: If You Tell a Tree that You Will Kill It...
Proverb #3: The Rat That Joins the Lizard to Get Wet in the Rain...
Proverb #4: What You’re Looking for Is What You Will Get
Proverb #5: What a Person Does Is in His Heart
Proverb #6: If You’ve Not Reached Where You’re Going, You Should Keep Going
Proverb #7: Eneke the Bird Noted That Since Men Have Learned to...
Proverb #8: Your Intelligence Is Your Handbag, and You Carry It...
Proverb #9: When a Young Man Washes His Hands Properly...
Proverb #10: The Lizard That Fell From the Iroko Tree Said That If...
Proverb #11:The Person Who Blows the Flute Must Sometimes Wipe His Mouth
Proverb #12:The Dog Does Not Chew the Bone That Is Hanging Around Its Neck
Proverb #13: If You Do Not Allow People to Know What Your Size...
Proverb #14: If You Pull a Tree and It Pulls You Back, You Should Leave it Alone
Proverb #15: If One Is Not Careful, What Destroyed His Father Might Destroy Him
Proverb #16: As You Make Your Bed so Will You Lie on It
Proverb #17: If You Try to Wrestle Down Your Father, His Wrapper Will Cover Your Eyes
Proverb #18: When You Chew the Dried Meat, it Fills Up Your Mouth
Proverb #19: You Can Cry All You Want, But You Cannot Cry Out Blood
Proverb #20: Where You Live Is Where You Protect
Proverb #21: Money Is the Beauty of a Man
Proverb #22: It Is Not the Load That Breaks Us Down; It Is the Way We Carry It
Proverb #23: A Good Name Shines in the Dark
Proverb #24: A Person Who Does Not Concede Defeat Is Not a Good Sport
Proverb #25: A Person Who Praises the Rain Has Been Rained On
2. Proverbs That Teach Collaboration and Consultation
Proverb #1: Life Is in the Ears
Proverb #2: To Come and Eat Is Not to Come and Work!
Proverb #3: A Tree Cannot Make a Forest
Proverb #4: When Mother Cow Is Chewing Grass, the Younger Ones Look at Her Mouth
Proverb #5: It Takes a Whole Village to Raise a Child
Proverb #6: When You Wrestle Someone to the Ground, You Also...
Proverb #7: A Fool Does Not Know That His Brother or Sister Is a Visitor
Proverb #8: The Fly Without an Advisor Follows the Dead Body Into the Grave
Proverb #9: A Gathering of Kinsmen and Kinswomen Is an...
Proverb #10: When Two Elephants Fight, Grasses Suffer
Proverb #11: Laughter Is Just a Matter of Moving Back the Cheek
Proverb #12: A Good Friend Is Better Than a Bad Family Member
Proverb #13: The Tiger’s Cub Does Not Chew Grass
Proverb #14: If You Give Your Mother a Counterfeit Money, You...
Proverb #15: The Person Who Sits Next to Someone Can Easily Smell His Mouth
Proverb #16: The Knife and the Axe Do Not Compete
Proverb #17: You Cannot Climb a Tree Without Support
Proverb #18: Let the Kite and the Eagle Perch and Whichever One...
Proverb #19: The Crazy Person and His Mind Understand
Proverb #20: In My Poverty, Let Not Poverty Befall the Person Who...
Proverb #21: The Child’s Home, Even If It Is Trashy, Is Always a Palace Away From Home
Proverb #22: The Rooster Does Not Forget Who Plucked Its Feathers...
Proverb #23: When the Moon Is Shining, a Person With a Physical...
Proverb #24: When a Child Is Tired of Working, He Resorts to Fighting
Proverb #25: When You Dig a Ditch for Others, You Might Fall in It
3: Proverbs That Teach Spirituality
Proverb #1: If You’re Eating With the Devil, You Must Use a Long Spoon
Proverb #2: If You Fall Down and Do Not Stand Up, Evil Will Take Over
Proverb #3: God Does Not Give You a Load That You Cannot Carry
Proverb #4: Evildoers Are Usually Pursued By Their Own Shadows
Proverb #5: Do Not Put Yourself Where Your Faith Will Fail You
Proverb #6: I Am Holding My Staff and You Are Holding Your...
Proverb #7: The Toughest Head Carries the Masquerade
Proverb #8: Let’s Continue to Sacrifice and Let the Blame Go to the Gods
Proverb #9: God Gives and God Takes
Proverb #10: If You Are Better Than Someone, You Might Be Better...
Proverb #11: No Person Is God
Proverb #12: God Knows the Heart of Everyone
Proverb #13: The Same Mother Delivers the Children, but the Same...
Proverb #14: When You Believe, Your God Will Believe
Proverb #15: God’s Time Is The Best
Proverb #16: You Can Never Become Someone Else’s God
Proverb #17: The Opportunity That God Sends Does Not Wake Up...
Proverb #18: Everyone Has His/Her Own God
Proverb #19: There Is No Partnership Between Good and Evil
Proverb #20: A Person Who Ridicules Good Will Become Overtaken by Evil
Proverb #21: The Fear of God Is Not Based on What We Wear
Proverb #22: A Person Who Trusts in God Lacks Nothing
Proverb #23: A Witch Doctor Does Not Cure Himself
Proverb #24: Where There Are Many People, There God Is
Proverb #25: The Veil Spirit of a Person Is a Person
4. Proverbs That Teach Other Life Lessons
Proverb #1: Nights Have Ears
Proverb #2: As Much as You Love Your Husband, You Will Not Want to be Buried Alive With Him
Proverb #3: When a Poor Person Is Told What It Takes to Be Rich...
Proverb #4: The Frog Does Not Come Out in the Daytime for Nothing
Proverb #5: A Traveler Is More Knowledgeable Than an Aged Person
Proverb #6: The Dying Dog Does Not Smell the Bad Odor
Proverb #7: We Never Go Back to Yesterday
Proverb #8: Patience Is King
Proverb #9: You Do Not Tell the Deaf Person That...
Proverb #10: The Hot Soup Is Usually Licked Slowly
Proverb #11: When the Wind Blows, You See the Chicken’s Buttocks
Proverb #12: Truth Is Life
Proverb #13: Soiled Hands Lead to the Oily Mouth
Proverb #14: The Patient Person Eats the Best Part of the Fish
Proverb #15: All Lizards Are Lying on Their Stomachs, and...
Proverb #16: When the Child’s Sore Is Healed, He Tends to Forget the Pain
Proverb #17: A Child Must Crawl Before Walking
Proverb #18: The Look of a Child Determines If You Will Take Food From Him
Proverb #19: It Does Not Matter How Bad the Yam Is; It Is Still...
Proverb #20: When Dried Bones Are Mentioned, Old People Feel Uneasy
Proverb #21: A Person Who Is Already on the Floor Does Not...
Proverb #22: Tomorrow Is Pregnant; No One Knows What It Might Deliver
Proverb #23: There Is No Use for a Dry Porridge
Proverb #24: As the Cow Gets Older, Its Nostrils Get Bigger
Proverb #25: Anything With a Beginning Must Have an End