Location: Texas, United States

I am a teacher with 33 years experience in public education. The purpose of this web log is to critically examine the present state of education in our great country and, particularly, in Texas.

Monday, March 28, 2005


Tonight I finished a course of study that lasted 24 weeks at my church - Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. We all got a very nice certificate, video was made of the evening for a production, we all walked. When a guy was called up to get his certificate we all cheered wildly and yelled encouragement. We had a ceremony to make the completion of something difficult and meaningful. I felt like I was on cloud nine. When you walked off the stage you walked through a double line of men who had gone before you. Each man who walked through the line got high fived, patted on the back, blessed, congratulated and it felt so good. So why won't this work with kids. At the end of a difficult unit teachers could have a ceremony. We don't have enough cerimonies marking the growth of a youngster. They have no feeling that an important milestone has been crossed. It's just another day.

Ceremonies work. They build people up and celebrate their triumps. People get to mark a place and move on. It's proof you did it. A sense of accomplishment - it's so simple. Maybe something will change in the persons life because of a gfreat and early success. It's simplistic, but it works for human beings.

God Bless

John J


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