1. Many of us want to "stand for something great" but decide to "sit down" when things get uncomfortable.
2. No one wants to be forgotten and welcome phone calls from "friends" but are sometimes too preoccupied to make calls themselves.
3. A lot of parents want their kids to "get an education" but do less than the minimum to help them get there.
4. A lot of people get into politics to "make a difference" but stay in office to please their biggest contributors.
5. Police departments say they are there to "protect and serve" but in most urban districts they are feared and not trusted?
6. Airlines may say "fly with us" but keep you on the tarmac for 8 hours and take you nowhere.
7. Companies say they are "equal opportunity employers" but are more likely to hire their people through referrals from current employees.
8. The average driver pays for auto insurance for accident protection and remediation, yet most of them avoid their insurers to avoid being penalized for getting the very service they pay for.
9. There is a lot of talk of "education reform," yet the very teachers that are with the students are rarely consulted in the process.
10. Most on Earth believe that the Bible is God's Word but "can't find time to read it."
A little about Mario Depeine, Sr.
As an educator I get the opportunity to get a small glimpse of how our society is shaping up. Children come into the classroom with all types of perspectives. A lot of the perspectives are a result of their environment. Some of those perspectives reflect the home life or lack of. Some reflect the street life and some just reflect the media that the children are exposed to.
Middle School children are just starting out in life. You see how their characters and personalities are shaping up. Many can be molded or adjusted easily others are a lot more resistant to change depending on their circumstance.
I work in an urban district. While there I see many interesting and at times disheartening things. Hopefully my experiences as an educator can shed some light on what we can do to better prepare our children for the future.