Our Failing Schools

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Well, that’s not entirely true in this community. Master educator Geoffrey Canada describes the problem that plagues most schools; a business plan that has not worked but is repeated annually.

What’s changing here in Cameron? Great teachers who are being encouraged to innovate and supported as they do that, working with students as whole persons, and citizens who see the potential and want to be part of new ways to support children.

The Elders

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Introduction to the Elders

Click above to view this short video clip of a group of people whose distinguished service around the world has earned them the name “elders.”

It is easy to get overwhelmed by the enormity of challenges facing nearly every community. Solutions don’t come easily. Many of us have met or at least heard of one or more of these remarkable world-class leaders. (I recall filling sand bags with Archbishop Desmond Tutu during the 1993 flood in St. Louis. Not a photo op for him; the man worked as hard as any of us and smiled the whole time.)

One of their most compelling lessons for us is their persistence over time. They do not give up. Their commitment to the well being of all people only grows with time.

It is said that it takes 10,000 hours to master just about anything. Most of us will live over 630,000 hours. If we started today giving just 10 hours a week to doing something we like to that can help at least one group of neighbors, within 22 years we could all be “elders” in our communities – capable of serving and leading effectively.

Not sure you have the time? According to a 2012 Nielsen report, The average American over the age of 2 spends more than 34 hours a week watching live television, says a new Nielsen report — plus another three to six hours watching taped programs.

Time Americans Spend Watching TV Each Week

There are three kinds of people in the world:  Those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, those who wonder what’s happening.  Choose one.