A few days ago, my daughter and I flew to Las Vegas to attend my niece's wedding. While approaching Las Vegas, we flew over the magnificent Grand Canyon. If you have ever flown over this wonder, I am sure you've experienced the awe I do each time I see it. However, during this experience, I had a thought, or should we say a correlation. To say it another way, something came to me, as never before.
Sure, many people have seen the Grand Canyon from the air, as well as up close and personal. Sure, others have acclaimed the majesty of God because of this work of wonder. However, yesterday, when we flew over the Grand Canyon, I noticed the width and girth of it, but also the correlation between this wonder and the wonder of the possibility we had for our children who fall between the cracks every day. Stay with me for a moment.
When a child is born, typically the parents consider the possibilities of what their child's life can be. They think about how they can fashion their child's life to make sure that he or she reaches the full potential that was birthed in them. Unfortunately, after a period of time, we forget about those possibilities. Life happens, and we go with the present and not the majesty of what we saw when the child was born.
The Grand Canyon was formed for a reason, and positioned to fulfill a purpose. People observe and talk about the joy that it brings to see this structure. They pay tribute to its greatness. They pledge funds to help take care of its upkeep. They write about it. Take pictures of it. They host special events in its honor. Well think about the Grand Canyon as if it was a child; a student.
I believe children are formed for a reason. They are positioned in life for a purpose. They have a great wealth of potential and possibility from day one, and they bring joy to many people. However, for far too many, something happens. As children get older; people stop telling them how great they are; how much potential they have; and the girth of the possibilities their lives hold. Tribute is not paid when they bring home good reports, or go a period of time without a bad report. People stop writing about how every child can learn, be successful, and achieve greatness in their own right. Pictures become few and far between, and unless they are among the brightness of the bright, we stop pledging funds to help them succeed.
Although it is important to teach students to inspire, motivate, and validate themselves, all do not have this ability. Our goal is to graduate as close to 100 percent of all students who begin kindergarten as possible. However, as I have mentioned before, they often need more than curriculum instruction. They need to be told how great they are. They need to be reminded of their potential. They need help in setting and reaching goals. It is up to us, as parents, teachers, mentors, and important people in students' lives to provide the guidance and assistance they need. Let's not talk about how bad the school systems are, or how sad it is because so many children are failing or dropping out of school, if we are not willing to do something to help change it.
From the desk of Dr. Lori