Ok, I have a confession to make, I love Oprah! I don't know how many of you saw her shows on September 2oth and 26th, "Waiting for Superman" and "Waiting for Superman: The Reaction" but I personally was moved and motivated! Oprah took two shows to inspire and educate the American public on issues within our education system. The shows focused on "Waiting for Superman," a new documentary coming out about America's education system. Our education system is failing, and this documentary poses the question, who is going to rush in and save it? These two shows sparked two main thoughts for me that I wanted to share with you and then invite you to join me in getting involved!
First thought: Everyone, young, old, parents, educators, politicians, community members, businesses, grandparents, EVERYONE needs to be involved in helping reform our education system. This is not a matter of politics, it's a matter of helping our future generations be successful and self-sustaining. I was sitting there on the couch thinking, "YES YES YES, there's a problem, but what can I do?" Well, what I can do is share my thoughts with you and then invite you to help me brainstorm what we can do to make a difference. Three quick ways to get invovled: 1. go to www.oprah.com/education and find a meeting your area, to brainstorm with other interested people; 2. Go to "Waiting for Superman" and see what all the fuss is about (www.waitingforsuperman.com;) and 3. Find local politicians/educators who are working with schools and ask them how you can get involved.
Second thought: This is sustainability people! It's not just about being "green!" Sustainability is about leaving the earth a better place for our future generations, it's about building systems that are self-sustaining. Educating our future generations is sustainable living. If our children grow up illiterate and unable to perform simple math and science, what will happen to us? to our earth? So remember education in our country, is a matter of sustainability and educating our future generation is creating a sustainable lifestyle.
Final thought: PLEASE share with me your thoughts on this issue! Suggest ways for us to get involved! How does someone like me, who does not have children, get involved and help fix our education system? What local politicians should I be writing to? Let's all help each other get involved!