As the sister of an incredibly bright young man who happens to be entering his first year of high school, I'm going to take this one step further and say this:
Kids are not bullied just because they don't have "cute" clothes, they aren't considered "pretty", or popular, or because they're "shy". Kids are simply bullied. So yes, I encourage you to use your voice if you witness a bully, but I also want to take a second to acknowledge that if you are someone who is being bullied, it doesn't mean there's something wrong with you. Kids will find a way to dissect and criticize one another without any reason other than fear. Fear of what they don't understand, what they feel threatened by, and fear of what is different. So be different. And stand tall. Just because kids have been brought up to believe that is an acceptable part of growing up as they figure who they themselves are, does not mean we can't shine a light on what a huge issue this is and put a stop to it.
Working on my indoor pocket garden! So simple with amazing benefits! You don't have to spend thousands of dollars! I just bought a shoe holder from Target and put each plant in a bag, hung it on the wall, and Voila!
Everyone needs to check out @thepaulmcdonald 's kickstarter page so we can hear some new tunes! Trust me it's worth it! The music is some of his best! Whatever you can contribute! http://www.whosay.com/l/yrk9ghP
Just watched "Waiting for Superman". So many thoughts going through my mind because of my childhood, where I was raised, and now watching my little brother enter his first year of highschool. So informative. Thought provoking. Let's go beyond the thought for one second. What is our obligation? What happens when a school fails a child? It's easier to look at it as a whole and scratch our heads and give up than it is to look at just one child, because we've failed that child.
Simultaneously amazed and disappointed, inspired and deflated. Our education system is so backwards. Staggering numbers and percentages that reflect our lack of regard for not only our youth, but our future. These children, all children, come from a place of innocence, hope with a desire to learn. To be loved. To be taught. We need to instill confidence in these kids. We need to teach them in ways that make them want to learn instead of treating every child as if they're simply a body in a seat, pushing them through our system. Individualizing our approach.
Quality teachers, high expectation, more classroom time, world class standards. Real accountability. These are the things we're lacking. These kids want to learn, but they aren't given the opportunity. "The problem is complex, but the steps are simple, it starts with teachers becoming the very best leaders. Removing the barriers to change. Neighbors committed to their schools. YOU WILLING TO ACT."
And then this happened...because this ear felt left out...pun intended.
New ear game just happened.
Hey @jennaldewan & @dawnolivieri - they told us to "look cute". Did we do it right?
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