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Why Parents Need to Let Their Children Fail

You see, teachers don’t just teach reading, writing, and arithmetic. We teach responsibility, organization, manners, restraint, and foresight. These skills may not get assessed on standardized testing, but as children plot their journey into adulthood, they are, by far, the most important life skills I teach.
I’m not suggesting that parents place blind trust in their children’s teachers; I would never do such a thing myself. But children make mistakes, and when they do, it’s vital that parents remember that the educational benefits of consequences are a gift, not a dereliction of duty. Year after year, my “best” students — the ones who are happiest and successful in their lives — are the students who were allowed to fail, held responsible for missteps, and challenged to be the best people they could be in the face of their mistakes.
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Amen.

theatlantic:

Why Parents Need to Let Their Children Fail

You see, teachers don’t just teach reading, writing, and arithmetic. We teach responsibility, organization, manners, restraint, and foresight. These skills may not get assessed on standardized testing, but as children plot their journey into adulthood, they are, by far, the most important life skills I teach.

I’m not suggesting that parents place blind trust in their children’s teachers; I would never do such a thing myself. But children make mistakes, and when they do, it’s vital that parents remember that the educational benefits of consequences are a gift, not a dereliction of duty. Year after year, my “best” students — the ones who are happiest and successful in their lives — are the students who were allowed to fail, held responsible for missteps, and challenged to be the best people they could be in the face of their mistakes.

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Amen.

Human heroes are so much more powerful than unattainable legends

Let’s remember MLK not as the unassailable legend he’s been made into, but as a human, like the rest of us, that lived & breathed & had flaws, doubts and personal struggles outside of his public life, but that gave all he had for what he believed in, for his fellow man. His actions shouldn’t be “remembered” so much as used for inspiration, civil rights go far beyond race & creed, and we have a long way to go even in the first world, but even now we can take that inspiration and what ever voice, time or talent we have towards ensuring the rest of the world (even if for you that means just your community, school, place of work, etc.) reaps the benefits of the inspiration and lessons men like King left for us. 

I bring up things like this a lot, and plenty of that is to remind myself of it as well: 

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

Nearly all the ills of this world boil down to people thinking their rights, their lives are more important than those of others, understand we’re all just one of an equal multitude, and all we can truly accomplish while we’re here is making it easier for the rest of us today and those that will follow.