Strange Holidays and Beginnings
I remember my grandmother well. She was a firm but fair woman and one phrase she said often, I can still recall well. 'Children should be seen, not heard'. Perhaps you have a similar recollection of your childhood. Perhaps, even these exact words were uttered in your household growing up, or perhaps you have even been known to say something similar to your own children.
The reality is, however, starkly different to that of times gone by. We do not want to train, or expect our children to be quiet, to be passive observers of the world, without offering insight, opinion, or even correction and rebuke.
For too long, children have been told to be quiet, not to speak, to keep secrets. This is never OK. Our children must be taught and equipped with the confidence, the tools and the desire to stand up for what is true, what is right, what is OK.
Seeing someone dropping a lit cigarette out the car window in the middle of summer, is something we should stand up for, speak up against and challenge, correct, rebuke.
The reality is that our world is full of wrongdoing. As important as reading and numeracy are, young men and women who have the confidence to stand up for what isn't OK. A simple form of ACTION is saying something!
What will you say something about in 2020?