Save the Children
I met recently with a woman who purportedly wanted to help our children. She had a pretty good idea of what the PC Foundation did and was already sure I couldn’t help her help the kids in the way she wanted. However, she still asked me to explain further what we do. I obliged, because I am proud of the PC Foundation’s support for students and staff.
Boy, was I in for a treat.
The person let me know how our school district is “dumbing down” the education as part of a conspiracy to prepare our nation for Communism. The curriculum we use is full of efforts to teach Common Core. Social-Emotional Learning is a cover for Critical Race Theory. We have books in our libraries that have pornography in them!
The hits just kept coming. And by hits, I mean against my teachers and this district I know and love.
The real kicker is that this woman said she has not seen our curriculum, doesn’t know our teachers, and hasn’t been in the buildings due to COVID! How is it possible for one to make such definitive and broad-reaching statements about things she hasn’t seen? How can someone cast aspersions on an entire district without knowing these people as individuals?
Those who know me can imagine that I was quite put-out. I was offended, but I tried to find the source of her passion. She cares about the children. I focused on that and not on the wildly false accusations. I offered ways she could help those children she loves through our Foundation.
I do not expect her to take me up on that offer because she has a particular agenda. We could use her passion to help children read! We could use her love to give hugs to students starved for affection. THAT’S how you make a difference in children’s lives. And our teachers do this every day.
It’s a slow process. It isn’t sexy and doesn’t grab headlines. But you save the children one child at a time, one day at a time.
December 15, 2021