Oh boy, this opens a box of worms. I have an opinion on EVERYTHING and even sometimes on theoretical things. The past week I have been teaching my kids about Dr. King. I think that it is my responsibility to give them a small idea about the hard work and sacrifices that people made so that we could have the rights and equality that we do today (although it’s far from perfect, it’s far from where it was as well). They don’t understand many of the concepts that I teach about and so this year I was able to show some video that I felt would illustrate things much more clearly for them. We watched some videos about Dr. King, Rosa Parks, and The Little Rock Nine.
In my experience as an educator I find that there are kids that work very hard and do their best (this incredibly humbling to see) and some that think it is there right to attend school and it my job to do all the work. It was my hope that with showing the video of The Little Rock Nine would show them some of the people throughout history that went to great lengths to have the privilege of the best education.
I hear my kids talking about how they are going to be football players, singers, or actors. I think these are great goals to have, but I also think they should understand that very few people make it in these careers and really the only way out for so many of them is through education. If they work hard at school, go to a great college and become the next Michael Jordan, I think that’s great. If they don’t achieve their basketball dreams, they can then rely on their degree.
When did the mindset change from education being a privilege into not just a right, but a passive activity and how can we teach our kids that education is the one and only great equalizer?
**Blast from the past…here is what I was up to a year ago**