As we approach Martin Luther King Jr. Day I was thinking of a quote to share. Of course, with Dr. King the trouble is not FINDING a meaningful quote, it is NARROWING it down to just ONE quote that is the problem! Finally I decided to share the following one with you today:
The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education. —Martin Luther King Jr.
I think that in this day of high-stakes testing and accountability pressure it could be easy to forget that our purpose is not just the “three R’s”, but it is also guiding our students to be individuals of character! Our students with disabilities often face struggles and closed doors. It is especially important that in addition to keeping the academic expectations high, we also teach tenacity, self-advocacy, and even kindness. I happen to think one of the best ways to teach these skills of character is to model them . . . day in and day out! Remind your staff that students will remember much more of what they DO than what they SAY! Happy MLK Day!!