When I was in France last summer, I had the opportunity to walk the rural roads with a Philadelphia High school history teacher and his senior class students.
They too paid for all their expenses for the trip much like Vernâ€™s students, but they started their work when they were freshmenâ€™s in High School.
What made me take notice was; the objective of their trip was to give thanks to the WW II Veterans of their efforts to Liberate Europe 60 years prior. After walking with the students for about a day I was so proud they represented our Country.
Later in the summer, my oldest son and I returned home and a local High School student was in a conversation with my son about his trip. My son was talking about the liberation of Europe and events of 60 years ago and the young person my son was talking to, had no idea about events of 60 years prior and to some extent didnâ€™t remembered who Hitler was.
After the conversation ended, I was furious about what I heard and I was condemning the local High School and its History teacher. My sonâ€™s reply was, â€œI have the same History teacher, and I consider him (the teacher) one of the best in the schoolâ€. My son went on to explain when a class is a â€œmandatory classâ€ and they need it to graduate with; the students will just do enough to get by.
As a parent of three teenage children, every class they take is important. I have the utmost respect for all teachers and for their efforts to teach our feature generations. I my opinion the teacherâ€™s hands are being tied to do things not pertaining to being a teacher.( being a baby setter to students who donâ€™t want to learn, trying to teach students in a politically correct way, trying not to offend a studentâ€™s rights ect.)
I just canâ€™t understand why the people in power (of the system) can let this get by. As a citizen of this Country (USA) Iâ€™m worried about its future. When a person from a third world country comes to our country , gets educated in our country and becomes a very successful person, itâ€™s not the educatorâ€™s (teachers) fault for our countryâ€™s education crisis.
My son when in Europe lived with a family In France. Before leaving gifts of remembrance were exchanged. One of the gifts that was given to him is a saying which had to be translated to English. They told him they wanted him to translate it because they wanted him to understand every word to be successful in his life. I donâ€™t who wrote it, but I printed it up and put it in a frame by the door that gets used the most in our house so my children see it on the way out every morning. The sayingâ€”
When the door is closed, you must learn to slide across the crack of the sill.
Human beings are creatures of habit. We do what we
know, what is comfortable and what we "think" will work.
There are, however, those occasions when "our' way is
not the" way to get us to the goalâ€. When "your" way doesn't work, don't be disheartened. You must be willing to try another way. Don't be discouraged when someone says, no," Be willing to ask someone else. Always be willing to start at the bottom. Being willing does not mean you will stay there. A closed door does not mean you have been cut off permanently. It is a challenge, an obstacle, a tool to be used. The keys to all doors are within you. If you have faith in yourself, practice and patience will make you a master locksmith.
I am willing to do it by any means Honorable
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