Many often criticize the shortcomings of education. For example, one major concern is that with increasing competition for those seeking to get into college as well as competition for careers, our education system has come under great scrutiny. However, academic education is only one facet to learning. It is important that students learn beyond just adding and subtracting or this week’s vocabulary words. The must learn something that is vital for the continuance of our society…the joy of giving.
On Friday, November 4th, I began a class project with my 6th grade students where they were asked to bring in their spare change so that we can donate it to a local charity in order to provide Thanksgiving baskets to families in need. By the next day, students were returning permission slips and money to donate to those in need. I was humbled by their selflessness and their desire to give. What was even more outstanding is that none of these students come from wealthy families; but they were willing to give what they had just so that a few families could have as great of a Thanksgiving as they knew they were going to have. These outstanding young ladies and gentlemen exhibited kindness and cooperativeness in this project and it is something that they will remember for the rest of their lives. They will know that they took part in helping change someone’s life.
In this society where our children are taught to be the best they can be and where adults are encouraged to do whatever they need to do to get ahead, it is crucial that we do not forget to assist others along our journey. In doing this, it is important that we encourage our children to do the same as we focus on educating them.