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IT'S TIME ! (PART 2 )

July 16, 2013

IT’S TIME! (PART 2)
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Linda M. Penn

The last two Blogs, Walking in Their Shoes 5/26/13, and It’s Time 6/25/13, (please review if you haven’t read these) were about some recent distressing events. Have you had any “teacher bashing” conversations with anyone? WAIT1 You may be thinking this is another Blog where I am speaking mostly to public school teachers. Not so…

I am writing this Blog for everyone, no matter the age, race, gender, occupation, religion, or neighborhood. Every person is an educator! When you are helping someone learn to read, cook, clean, do laundry, play sports, play board games, surf the Web, make a budget, take photos, etc., you are a teacher! Whether you are working with your own kids, grandkids, or with someone you barely know, the kids are watching and will try to follow your lead.

I just don’t believe kids are born with the innate characteristic of not wanting to succeed. I believe every kid learns to expect failure because of a poor example from some adult. So, consequently, if we want kids to succeed, we must be good role models.

It’s time we each hold ourselves responsible for what happens in this world. I found recent articles in local newspapers where volunteers are taking on the task of making a better world by helping kids. Here are some groups or events that make contributions to kids, and ultimately, to society:

  1. Real Men Read
  2. Every l Reads
  3. Every l Learns Summer Program
  4. E-Learn Olympics
  5. Portland Promise Tutoring
  6. Kindergarten Countdown 2013
  7. Reading Rockets

In closing, instead of teacher bashing or griping about the kids of today, let’s call
local public schools or look for a place in our area to help out kids. They are our future. If you know of volunteer opportunites in your area, please share in a comment following this Blog.

Come back next month! I plan to give a tip each month on reading with a child.

Copyright 2013 Linda M. Penn, All Rights Reserved
lindampenn@gmail.com

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