Monday, August 26, 2013

"climb to the top"

What a great  slogan for lifetime goals for young people: "Reach/climb to the top"

Shooting young people working their hardest to reach the top of this portable climbing wall set up by the NYPD made me think of how nice it would be if education was valued more in this country, maybe as highly as sports are? If reaching one's learning potential was encouraged, supported and rewarded?

As a former teacher, I always tried to set high standards for my students. "Mr. Belisle - do you think this is college! We're still in high school." But when they realized they could do things they considered nearly impossible, like reciting Shakespeare from memory, they glowed in their achievement and wanted to be challenged more.

So, let our young people strive to "Climb to the top!"

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