We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone. – Ronald Reagan
The challenges facing public education today are immense. Schools are no longer simply responsible for the academic education of the children we serve. For many children that cross the schoolhouse threshold each day, schools provide two meals, social services, counseling services, and medical support. Traditional family values are being taught at school – because in some cases they aren’t being taught at home. Self-regulation and self-control are now part of the curriculum in many classrooms.
No single person is responsible for the new demands on educators. This isn’t a teacher issue or a principal issue . . . this is an everyone issue. No individual can meet these challenges alone . . . it takes a team. If each person, peers included, helps someone each day then we will make progress. The vast challenges that face us aren’t going to get easier; they aren’t going to diminish over time. Each of us has a responsibility to make a difference, even if it is for one person, to make the world a little better.