Education and the difference it makes

Even if you don’t read anything else today – you SHOULD read this … “Why These Kids Get a Free Ride to College“. This article in The New York Times is about a city where a promise has been made by anonymous donors – EVERY kid that graduates high school will be given the scholarship to get them through college. The “Kalamazoo promise” is blind to race, sex, grades, criminal records or otherwise – it is doing what other impetus had failed – it is revitalizing the town and it’s residents to stay, to work on creating a better community, a better future for their children. These kids who are graduating high school and are now making their way through college in greater numbers than before are in turn feeding into the economy in terms of higher earnings, better living standards, raising the bar so to speak.

Children are amazingly resilient, far more so than what we give them credit for. But they are also very impressionable. Catch them early, guide them into the path you want them to tread on and you are far more likely to achieve what you want. When I see my son treat animals with kindness, I am proud that he has learnt to show kindness. It is my belief that this kindness will resonate in the way he deals with all living beings, including our less fortunate fellow human beings. When his teacher complains that instead of finishing reading books and getting stars next to his name, my son is more interested in moving around the room and helping his fellow mates with their reading, it tells me that my son is developing the innate desire to help others that is in all of us. These are qualities that all of our children are going to need, beside the literacy that we all try to gift them with, to build a better harmonious future.

I certainly cannot claim credit for the kind of person my son is becoming, since I myself, am learning a lot of things from him, watching him. But I do like to think that if children learn the most from example then we must be vigilant to set the right example for them.

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Posted on September 17, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Wow! I loved the article. It’s refreshing to hear something positive about the wealthy population of our country. There is something so right about it.

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  2. Really good thoughts..and I agree if you teach children young enough they will grow into more caring adults and that includes attitudes regarding bullying…Diane

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    • Agreed, specially since bullying is such a big problem in our schools now. Also when these kids grow up we can probably expect them to be mroe open to give back to their community.

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  3. That’s fantastic! Thanks for posting it! Jerri 🙂

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