In past weeks, we have oft reflected on the “tone” of the world. Coming out of recent events, I think we have done well in maintaining a calm and safe environment for students in an often chaotic environment with mixed messages. While I think most students weave through their day relatively unaware of world events, there is always the chance that they become cognizant of the more challenging events, and, therefore, become confused and concerned. I realize that, while we do our best to nurture and dialog with students about world events, it may be there is a lack of balance between the more sombre and troubling messages of violence and anger, and the messages of hope and peace that are so often associated with the season that is now upon us. How terrible it is that we head into the Winter Holiday pondering terrorist attacks and rampant prejudice and intolerance.
Out of a desire to demonstrate to students how we can model for them a globally aware society of contributing citizens, I’d like to ask your help in developing messages of hope and possibility, rather than despair and frustration. I’d like to use the blog function of this newsletter (my Zimplicity Blog) to capture your thoughts and share them with students in upcoming assemblies. It’s easy – just click on the link below and enter your message to our students in the comment box that appears.
The message is “advice to future generations” or “how to bring peace to the future.” I know that amongst our parent population there are articulate and powerful leaders – dads and moms who can powerfully share their beliefs about how we could make the world a better place.
So, I’m asking your help, parents. Write a message to the students of AAS regarding what you think it means to contribute as globally aware citizens. Tell them what they should consider as they begin to plan their lives beyond their school years. Take some time this weekend and post your comments to this blog entry and share with our students what you think needs to happen to bring peace in their time. The challenge is given, and I look forward to your creativity and honesty for the children we all serve.
By the way, you are welcome to post in your own language if you prefer. We can compile translations when we share with students at assemblies next week or in January.
Thank you in advance for your contributions!!