Little Michael said it better than I can. Amen and God Bless.
I am very sad about the bombs in Boston today. I don't understand how we can keep hurting innocent people, children, babies, for whatever cause. I feel for the families of the departed, wounded and those who will never feel safe again.. I don't know how we can tell our children about things like this. Hopefully young children will not see the videos which the networks replay over and over. I think needlessly. The images are embedded in our minds. I don't understand why they feel they need to 'tease' us into watching with their glitzy promos and spectacular titles- this is not something to advertise, but to treat as a tragedy, with dignity for those who are suffering and all of us who now have to explain to our children one more terrible act we as adults find impossible to understand. There are many good things that result from technology, but it has also forced us to look at the ugliest part of humanity almost instantly. I send my prayers to all that suffered today and pray that we have no more of these senseless and horrible events. I hope we find who did this cowardly act
I received this from a former teacher:
"On the whole, as a teacher out of the classroom 8 years, I found that parents backed up their children against the teacher in regards to behaviors. Over thirty years of teaching, these actions by the parents had increased each year. My reply was: "I woke up this morning and said I will lie to Mrs. X about her son." Mrs. X did not think that correct, but unless there was black and white evidence, it was the teacher's fault. Children mimic their parents. There are so many parents that have a view that it is not "their" fault for their children not performing well..that the children have this same attitude. It is not "their" fault. There is a lack of personal responsibility rampant in this nation, including taking taking responsibility for learning. I know that to generalize irks those that take responsibility. I do not include them in my thinking. Learning takes responsibility. Bullying takes responsibility. How do we put RESPONSIBILITY for one's actions back in the equation?
NOTE: I don't like the blame game, but am looking at all aspects of this problem and therefore I am sharing a former teacher's opinion, someone I respect as a very caring and dedicated educator. I have heard this argument many times before. Do most parents feel this is true? How do we change this and get such parents to take responsibility and support the schools?
I had planned to discuss ways for parents to form positive relationships with schools, but some comments made me realize we first need to discuss another question: are public schools worse than they were during my teaching years and why? It seems there is a fairly widespread sentiment that schools have more problems than we had and far more demands. I've even been told there is no room today for 'creativity' in the classroom and that schools are less about children than ever? What do you think? Without naming teachers, schools, administrators, parents etc., what do you see as the problems and solutions? I appreciate your ideas and insights. I'll share my thoughts soon. DON'T FORGET THE CONTEST- SEE BELOW AND WIN!!!
Mark is the award-winning teacher/author who has set his sights on bullying and other school problems. Please join in the quest to end bullying by adding your ideas and comments.