LOVE! This quote from German philosopher, poet & playwright Wolfgang Goethe-
“Instruction does much, but encouragement does everything.” It doesn’t mean to lie to kids and artificially inflate their egos, it means that teachers and coaches need to be cheerleaders, we need to encourage kids- encourage them to try, encourage them to work, and yes, encourage them when they succeed, but also to encourage them to pick themselves up, dust them selves off, and keep trying and working when they fail.
Of course American poet Maya Angelou said it another way when she wrote “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Or, to be more trite, “They won’t care what you know, till they know that you care.” Or to use some teacher-jargon, “You can’t get to Bloom, till you take care of Maslow.”
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Dear Jason & Steve,
I am very concerned about recently proposed cuts to our community colleges, state universities, correctional facilities, and human services.
Iowa legislators have failed to abide by our 1995 allowable growth law for several years in a row now.
But I know that you will remember, that Iowa children are our most vital investment, not corporations or out of state interests.
Please do everything you can to oppose the bills which came out of appropriations committees this week. Prove to your constituents that you are willing to put Iowa’s children first.
Thank you for your consideration.
Feel free to copy & paste, although phone calls work even better.
The following is based loosely on a poem by Harvard professor Kent M. Keith, which was painted on the wall of Mother Theresa’s mission in Calcutta, India:
Students are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Teach them anyway.
If you teach, students (& sometimes their parents) will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
If you are teach rigor, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Teach rigor anyway.
What you teach today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Transparency, integrity and candor make you vulnerable.
Be genuine anyway.
There will be days when you feel like you’re throwing pearls to the swine.
Doctors and lawyers and CEOs and politicians all get paid more than teachers.
You’re teaching future doctors, lawyers, CEOs and politicians.
What you spend years teaching may be destroyed overnight by drugs or alcohol or just bad choices.
Some students who really need the most help may attack you, offend you, or resent you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.
Give students the best you have every day and they may not appreciate it, they may let you down, you may go home more weary than you could ever imagine.
Give them the best you have anyway.