I remember hearing today’s title post phrase at a teacher conference long ago…I must have been pretty young because I was still taking notes then. 🙂
And I remember thinking… even while writing the phrase in my notebook..’Shouldn’t it read… There is nothing more beautiful than a mind changing?‘…since it was applied within the context of turning students on to learning.
Seeing this phrase again…I now know how little I still didn’t know back then…it’s not the mind that must be won over in life to see a difference in someone else’s life…but the heart.
The old adage…“Students don’t care how much you know… until they know how much you care” is the cornerstone to learning.
When I think back on the students who did get turned on to learning, especially history in my class…it all came about because of the relationship between me and that class of students… teaching each of them how to reach each other…accepting each others’ weaknesses and strengths.
When teachers remember fondly that moment when the light bulb came on for a student…it is as if he/she landed on the summit of Mt. Everest…the moment is filled with emotions overflowing from one’s heart.
We never forget that student’s name or that expression of delight in learning a new concept.
Please forgive me for having a retired history teacher’s moment of reflection…but when I witness, like all of you, the chaos and finger-pointing going on in our country sadly today…it is obvious that one contributing cause comes from lack of basic understanding of the constitution and how our government should work.
I can’t help but think that the lack of time given for social studies in the public school curriculum has had negative long-term effects on our students, now adults, with little “civics” or “government” background.
Over my three decades plus of teaching…I saw required history/government/economic courses in social studies dwindle and middle school “civics” disappear. When “accountability” came into the picture… social studies fell to the bottom of the curriculum hierarchy and each year time was taken from it to give to another more “important’ subject.
It becomes even more evident when you hear voters voting straight tickets…because it’s easier or they haven’t done their homework learning what each candidate stands for…many voters don’t even recognize the names of the people they voted for…until they get in trouble and appear in the media. Pretty sad state of affairs.
We, the people are the government...we must never forget that…and if we want change then we better change…for the better. If we see a lack of values or integrity on Capitol Hill…then it is up to us choose people who best represent our core values too.
This old retired teacher is begging you to go back and do your homework…learn what a democracy should be and how important it is to put candidates in office who want to help all people who make up our country …the candidates who put country before self, greed, and power.
My hope for our country is…the same thing I wanted for my classes…for the students to learn to work together…accept each other’s strength and weaknesses…united in their desire to learn.
Then one day…we can all look back to that turning point in our history when we united together to make our country more beautiful…and it happened because it was our hearts that changed.
So until tomorrow….
President Jimmy Carter once prophesied about an “invisible threat“—“A state where national unity is less valued than identity politics, greed, and selfishness—that threatens to topple our dearest values.”
“Today is my favorite day” Winnie the Pooh
*I wonder if we can build heart-stretching machines and have one in the House and one located in the Senate.. every representative must go through the machine before entering…maybe that would work? 🙂
On these chilly, rainy evenings there is nothing like a roaring fire…to me it is right up there with watching the ocean or looking out over the mountains…you just feel the warmth and spirit of love and gratitude for our Creator.