Lots of kids don't like school but they do really want to like it. Some don't like it because it hasn't been that special for them. It's really up to the teacher to make it special. That's their job—to make learning special. I think I told you before that my high school graduation day was the worst day in my schooling life. Why? I didn't want those good times I had in 12 years of school to end. It was that special for me and, I suppose, that is one reason why I became a teacher. I just didn't want it to end.
You probably know who John Fitzgerald Kennedy was but, believe it or not, lots of young people don't. When I ask young people, college age and younger, "Who is John Kennedy?" their response is either "I don't know" or "Wasn't he the president that was shot?" I guess I can't blame them. It has been more than 50 years since JFK served as the youngest man ever elected to the presidency. Why should they remember him?
By the time my grandchild, expected in December, graduates from high school, I will be 90 years old. What changes will have occurred between now and then? Will I still be well enough to attend his/her graduation ceremony? Will there still be graduation ceremonies? Will Bemidji still have a Paul and Babe? Will the fish in Lake Bemidji be safe to eat? Will we have elected a woman president? What will be the status of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un? Will we still be carrying a cellular phone in our pocket or purse? Will there be pockets and purses?
"What's in store for us in May?" Teachers traditionally review the new month for their students and point out the more interesting days. In keeping with that tradition, here are some interesting May days you and I can look forward to.
Julie had been after her husband, Jerry, for several weeks to varnish the wooden seat on their toilet. Finally he got around to doing it while Julie was out shopping. After finishing Jerry left to take care of another matter before she returned. She came home and prepared to take a shower. Before getting in the shower she got undressed and then sat on the toilet. As she tried to stand up she realized that the not-quite-dry epoxy paint had glued her to the toilet seat.
Writers enjoy making lists of things. You always find a list of things like "The Top Ten Foods To Eat" or "Best Way To Lose 20 Pounds, or "50 Best Pro Baseball Players." David Letterman took advantage of our likeness for lists when he created his weekly top ten list. Viewers would watch the program just to see Letterman's Top Ten List and then they would roll over and go to sleep.
It's been said that football has replaced baseball as the most popular sport in the United States but I still like to think that baseball reigns for one reason — it's a tradition. The things that make the United States a strong country are its traditions. The same goes for families and schools.
The snowbirds are back. The loons have returned. (Not intended to be a pun.) The ice will go out within ten days. Time to wake up your brain from a long winter's nap and get at those spring and summer projects before Old Man/Woman Winter returns. Brainteasers are good because they keep us living longer. (Lot's of research supports this.) More importantly, they are fun. If you can't get the answer, that's fine. Just by thinking about the answer you are giving your brain a workout.
Should there be a special focus on helping Native American students find success in school? Isn't the quality of education the same for all children regardless of ethnicity? Why a special focus? Before we answer these questions, let's take a walk back in history.
Guys and gals, it's time for a love story. Everyone should tell a love story at least once a year and this is my turn to tell mine. Love stories are like watching a group of high schoolers going out to eat before their high school prom. They help us remember the really good things in life like when we first met our soulmate.