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C is for Caring

May 24, 2013

This was on my Facebook page today, courtesy of a reader of this blog. I agree with every word.

“C” is for Caring. Today as parents were leaving my school for the summer, I realized something that the corporate puppet masters of public schools may have overlooked. Parents want some of our schools to be “C schools”, where corporate measures of success are moderated by virtues that can’t be measured

I realized this as a parent and 2 adorable children were leaving. The parent looked the part of a sub-urban mini-van soccer parent. But I know the back story of the kiddos and knew that one of the students will not likely be the corporate version of an ideal student, no AP classes or gifted and talented, or National Merit Scholar.

At a “C” School parents don’t have to worry that their kids will be excluded because of their inability to meet the corporate version of “excellence.” “C” schools provide a fertile soil of acceptance for children to grow to their ultimate ability regardless of challenge. And parents of children with unique learning challenges may rather send their child to a “C” school than a school where “high achievement” is typical.

Parents also want their children to learn from teachers who model unconditional commitment to teaching every student who comes with economic and cultural challenges. By observing this, day in and day out, children witness the level of painful commitment it takes from some adults to walk along side the most challenging of children. And witnessing this, makes children more caring and more equipped to serve their community in difficult situations.

  • “C” is for Caring and its good enough for me.
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