don’t need to learn the three “Rs” any longer, what do we need to
learn or even more important, what do we need to be teaching? What are the schools focusing on that is
preparing our young people to live meaningful, productive lives? We have several people in the family who have
been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder.
I know it is more commonly diagnosed today than ever before. I’m not sure if it’s because more people
struggle with it or because we’re more knowledgeable about it. My youngest grandson was really struggling in
his traditional middle school because of ADD.
We were fortunate to find a small private local school that had a
different, more hands-on approach to learning.
Once there he blossomed both mentally and emotionally. His learning “style” needed a place
with a different environment in order for it to take root. What is he learning at his new school that is
different from the other one? He’s
learning how to learn.
teacher, Mara Shea sent me the link to this You-tube video: Never Give Up. If you have anything in your life you’re
working at improving, I highly recommend watching it. It’s not about golfing or fiddling. It’s the heroic story of a Gulf War veteran
who was left severely handicapped after his time of service. He was told he would never be able to walk on
his own again. It took quite a while but
he decided they were wrong and he found a teacher and began practicing
yoga. It documents his journey. With dedication and persistence he completely
changed his life. I wasn’t sure if Mara
sent it to me because I am a Yoga teacher and she knew I’d love it or because
she wanted me to know that if I continue to practice and not give up, someday
my dream of being a terrific fiddler will finally come true. Regardless of her reason, I found it to be
moving and motivational.