Monday Moanin thoughts #192 Do Our Schools Reflect Dr. King’s Message?

Welcome to another January 2016 Monday Moanin. Today we celebrate the American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. Let’s honor Dr. King’s memory as we begin our work this week. The following Dr. King quote can help us reflect on the work we are doing in our schools.

” The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character, that is the goal of education.”The above quote raises some questions for us to reflect on.  A few of them are listed below.

Do we have high expectations for all  of our learners?

Are there the same opportunities for all learners?

Is critical thinking reinforced in our classrooms? Is it taught?

Is character education a focus in our schools?

Is there a culture of acceptance in our schools?

Are we serving others in our school community?

As you begin your week, keep the above quote in mind as you reflect on your practice. Consider using one of these questions at your next staff meeting as the opener. It could lead to a very rich discussion on best practice. Have a great week, lead with compassion and keep finding the good stuff.

True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that a system which produces beggars needs restructuring.” – MLK

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