Three Hundred Thirty Five: Pocket Change

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”  – Margaret Mead

Tuesday, December 2nd

Mead’s comment drives me nuts. It’s posted everywhere – magnets, bumper stickers, blogs. You really can’t escape the quote. In fact, with all the time that we stop to take a deep breath and read the quote yet once again we really could be making some change.  All in all, I am trying to rationalize why the quote is so darn true. Why don’t more people contribute?

I attended a Town Hall-style meeting tonight to discuss a proposal to enrich the social-emotional education at my daughter’s school. This has the capacity to drastically impact how staff communicate with students and how teachers are trained throughout the year, with the end goal of improving student achievement and closing the “achievement gap”. There were essentially three teachers talking to less than a dozen parents. I’m happy to be in the small group to help make things happen, but I know that there are critical opinions that could be shared and are not because those people aren’t sitting at the table. I fully understand the need to work and to rest and to prioritize family, but at some point it is really hard to requite that the Achievement Gap is a much larger issue than I really have a grasp of. That breaks my heart.

How do you keep focused and positive when you are helping others?


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