Once in a while there is an opportunity to observe that kids in school demonstrate they have learned really important lessons. Today my son shared the following story about his first grade daughter. I share his pride in her development and can only wish that those who think they know what schools should be doing would understand the importance of lessons like my grandaughter has learned as well as (or honestly more than) how well kids perform on absurdly inadequate measures such as the present-day standardized tests.
"something to brag about today... Cecilia's teacher took me aside after school today to tell me a story-- there's a boy in her class who is typically "left out" when it comes to picking partners, selecting teams, etc-- today, the entire class walked to ice cream at Ben and Jerrys-- according to Cecilia's teacher, when the kids (1st graders) went to pick partners, this boy was, once again, left out-...- and Cecilia ran over to him, took his hand and walked the whole way there with him-- found him again, on the way home, and held his hand (was his partner) for the whole way home... before Cecilia was born, I prayed that she would be gifted one genetic gift from my family-- and that would be that she would hae a heart as big as my sister Melissa's loving, kind, generous, thoughtful heart... proud daddy here, thinks that prayer came true-- for sure, on this day it did. I've never smiled as wide inside, as I am right now, from hearing this story today... )"
Do any of you who read this Blog have similar stories of kids learning really important lessons?