Monday, June 13, 2016

Humanity Should

Humanity should = Compassion

Humanity should = Love

Humanity should = Support

Humanity should = Respect

Humanity should = Freedom

Humanity should = Hope

In the midst of yet more sadness and heartbreak in the world,
it's important to look for and celebrate the moments of kindness and hope.

Every classroom in our school boasts a Positive Space poster. We believe in the message.

We have a bathroom for anyone who isn't comfortable using the group bathrooms.

We have books throughout the school representing all kinds of people in all kinds of situations. We read them together. We discuss how we can make the lives of others better.

Posters quoting powerful messages from Maya Angelou, Albert Einstein, MLK Jr., Gandhi, and so many more decorate our classrooms and hallways and spark questions and discussions.

Young voices question the hate they hear about in the news.

Young hearts are devastated to hear how humans sometimes treat each other.

Young people build connections and relationships and friendships with other young people who look/think/act/believe/love/feel/suffer/celebrate/wonder differently.

It's not everything.

But, it's a start.


34 comments:

  1. This is beautiful. With how tragic our world can often be, we definitely need to hang onto glimmers of hope when we can!

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    1. Heather - hope is really what it's all about

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  2. Let them question the hate - they will in turn seek solutions.

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    1. Alex - exactly!!! Questions always lead to interesting discussions which can lead to solutions!

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  3. That's wonderful. We can still shape young minds to be more humane towards each other.

    I love the positive space poster and quotes up for students to see. Remember when the Ten Commandments were posted? Thou shall not kill...

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    1. Diane - that's a biggie. Wish everyone would follow it!

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  4. It's a wonderful, amazing start, Jemi. We need that start, hope and inspiration.

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    1. Thanks Mason Hope and inspiration are huge!

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  5. This is wonderful Jemi. We all need to start somewhere and teach our youngs too.

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    1. Thanks. The young people are our best hope!

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  6. The whole world needs to go back to the classrooms of your school. You do good.

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    1. Thanks Carol! We've got a great team and wonderful kids to work with!

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  7. This really touched me. I agree that we teachers have more responsibility than ever before to model love instead of hate.

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  8. Yes to everything you said. It sounds like your school is a truly welcoming place, and that's wonderful for students and teachers alike.

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  9. Every school should adopt these things you list here. Maybe if some of the kids who are learning hatred at home might learn a different way to look at things if their schools did what yours is doing.

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    1. I hope so! Kids are the future and we need to fill them with hope and kindness!

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  10. Definitely a start, and any good story has to start somewhere. I appreciate these thoughts so much. It's been a rough week in the Orlando area so far, but we have seen so much good as a result of the bad.

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    1. Crystal - People always step up when the horrors hit. Sending hugs and hopes

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  11. Agreed! When can all these start?

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  12. Hi Jemi,

    A Positive Space poster. What a progressive school and positive affirmations can do wonders for the betterment of humanity.

    May our legacy be that we reinforce compassion, understanding and the celebration of an all different, all equal world. Here's to a positive continuation of the start. Kudos to you, my lovely friend.

    Gary

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    1. Thank you, Gary & Penny. That would be a wonderful legacy! :)

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  13. Beautiful post. We need to spread and practice more positivity, hope, and understanding.

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  14. Very nice post! We need to spread more kindness and less hate that is for sure. So many adults know what is right for kids- but they do not follow the same protocols themselves when they are posting negative things on social media. This post is a good reminder to spread smiles, kindness, acceptance, and love to those around us. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. Great point! As adults we need to be so very aware of the messages we spread!

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  15. I woke up to the insane horrible news this morning. Yes more love less hate. My God this country is going mad.

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