Friday Two Cents: Wise Words


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This past week the children at the school was busy making cards, creating gifts and in general getting their presents’ ready to give to their mothers’ on Mother’s Day.  I was in the lucky position to work with both the kindergarten and older children in grades 3, 4 & 5 and I could see how much effort both groups put into their gifts.  I also found it doubly rewarding to see that the boys were as active as the girls in making their gifts.

I say this because it has been my experience that not every child, mostly boys, think of their mother enough to say a simple ‘thanks’.  I know some boys or men don’t feel comfortable with expressing their feelings but guys, it’s your mother.  You know the person that gave birth to you.

The unfortunate part of my experience with boys and this phenomenon comes from boys that are members of cultures that do not value women equally.  I say this because as a male teacher the children see me differently and treat me differently than a female teacher.  If they treat female teachers disrespectfully then it is reasonable to conclude that this was taught at home.

However, the most damming thing is that when I see this behavior I chalk it up to culture diversity and I must respect their culture.  Mind you I do try to encourage them to at lest make a card or something to say a simple “I love you Mom”, but I do not or cannot encourage too much because of reprisal from the parents.  I have to be culturally sensitive and not place my values onto the children.

I sometimes find this difficult, especially when it comes to treating everyone equal and fair.  I was raised with a philosophy that everyone is equal no matter where they are in society.  The one quote my grandparents once said has always rang true to me, I hope I can translate it right.  “Never judge a person by how they treat those above them, but by how they treat those below themselves.  If a man treats a person below him as an equal, he has goodness in his heart.” Wise words Nanu and Nana.

 

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