Children are 100% our future.
School age children that attend school often spend more time in their day with teachers, than their families. Families also play an essential role in shaping the minds of the children that they also spend time with.
As I reflected all day about what to share on social media, I thought about why I chose to become a teacher, and an early childhood teacher at that and how the education a child receives becomes embedded into their character from the moment a child is born.
I reflect on how I wished empathy was part of all schools and curriculums and wondered why it wasn’t as important as math, reading, art, science, social studies and other core subjects in schools. I believe in the power of education. I believe every child is different and every culture is beautiful and proud and in awe to be part of such a diverse world. I wonder why everyone can’t just be just respectful towards each other and kind.
I was searching for scholarly articles to share about education and see what I can find if I can find anything related to how Black Lives Matter and the change that needs to be made, but it was so sad because it was not easy to find anything education related that was profound enough to share.
Children are 100% our future. Perhaps yes, our education system is flawed. Perhaps the curriculum for schools needs to change and during this time of remote learning and educating teachers work from home, something needs to be done.
I searched for scholarly articles related to racial discrimination in edication and some popped up about teachers sometimes having lower expectations from black students. Why is it that higher income neighborhoods get more funding, yet lower income neighborhoods don’t get as much for their schools? How is this fair? how is this just?What example would we set for all of our students when that’s the reality of today?
Enough is enough.
How can we achieve diversity, equity and equality like this?
Black Lives Matter.
Something has got to change.
Some Quotes that Inspire:
The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.
“Peace begins when we stop fighting and look collectively toward the future, but without erasing history or being blindly ignorant to that which has already unfolded .”
-Mattie T. Stepanek
“The question is: can the white and colored people of this country be blended into a common nationality, and enjoy together, in the same country, under the same flag, the inestimable blessings of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, as neighborly citizens of a common country? I answer most unhesitantly, I believe they can.”
– Frederick Douglass
The aim of education is the knowledge, not of facts, but of values.