I have been following the news today and tears well up in my eyes when I see images like these. This is the new Congress where women and children will come first.
I am a teacher, mother of three daughters, and grandmother to two amazing little people. There have been times in my past where I know that I or my daughters are considered second class citizens. I would find myself clenching my jaw at times as I watch how kids treat each other, often following their parents’ lead. These preconceived ideas about women, people of color, and anyone that is different from the norm are so imbedded in our culture.
This last year has been upsetting for me as so many prejudices and fear-based beliefs have become so active in this country and world. I watched our government destroy so much of what I believe in. However, today, I feel such joy and hope and can say I am glad to be an American. I am looking forward to seeing the results and trickle down effect of these souls’ boldness, courage, commitment, and bravery.
I have been absent from blogging for a while because I moved, started my second book, and have been disturbed by what is going on in my country. Today another school shooting occurred. Fear is becoming a way of life for so many children. Right now the only thing I feel I can do is to pray for the children, families and all that are affected by each shooting. I can also send hopeful, loving energy to all of us. Finally, I will not sit quietly when conversations occur about what is happening in the White House, gun control, and anything that challenges the compassionate part of our human race. We are spiritual beings having a human experience and the spiritualness of each of us needs to rise up like the phoenix and spread its wings of compassion over this country and this planet.
I have had to pause with my writing for a while because my emotions have been all over the place since the school shootings in Florida. The school is about 30 minutes from where I live. I have had to stop my car and let funeral processions for some of the victims go by. I have spoken to people who knew the teachers or students. It is more real to me since I live here.
My first thought is that schools need to implement from the youngest age The Inner Essence Project or some program that teaches compassion and cooperation. There is such a great need for love, compassion, community, and cooperation in our schools among the teachers, staff, and students. If we can begin teaching children compassion and how to monitor their behaviors and emotions they will become healthier as they grow older. They will be able to support each other and know when their support is not enough and let a professional know.
Children are the future and teachers and the ones to lead and educate them as to how to be loving, happy, and compassionate members of a community. I do not understand why teachers are paid so poorly given their enormous responsibility. I know many teachers who have to take a 2nd or 3rd job to make ends meet. This is not right.
There is so much wrong with our educational system but the respect and recognition that teachers receive are the worst. The average starting teacher salary is $36,000. The average highest paying teacher salary is $56,000. This is so wrong. These men and women are educating and, now protecting, our children. They are forming the future of our country.
When I went to India teachers were deeply respected and honored. When they learned I was a teacher they put their hands together and bowed as if they were in the company of someone great. Yes, teachers are considered great in India and other countries. But, here, they are at the bottom of the professional pay scale and often with little respect.
This has been my “soapbox” for a while. I don’t understand how a country can think so little of teachers and students to not immediately ban weapons of war. To me, this is a no-brainer.