Responsibility can be taught

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In a world where it seems we only hear about what is wrong, I want to share a bit of what is right.

A local high-school teacher in a neighboring county shared with me the standards for an annual term paper that is required this time every year. This term paper is not just about the content of the paper or the grammar of the paper. It also is about responsibility. Each student signs a contract that states what is required in the term paper, along with the time frame in which this term paper is to be done. Although I was never a fan of term papers when I was in school, I want to applaud these teachers for setting up guidelines and staying true to those guidelines.

I have not written a single term paper since I completed college, but on a daily basis I am required to live up to any and all contracts I have signed. On a daily basis I am required to complete my work in a timely manner and meet deadlines placed before me, or suffer the consequences.

As adults we know that life’s consequences are much greater than the letter grade on that paper. If you are late with a payment, you will pay a penalty or, worse, the contract you signed can be called back and your home or vehicle can be taken from you. Fail to do your job in a timely manner and meet deadlines, and you could find yourself without that job.

A thousand thank-yous to those teachers throughout our nation who are teaching responsibility. Thank you for understanding that responsibility and other life skills must be taught within the subject matter. It is when our students are taught life skills and their responsibilities, as citizens of the communities in which they live, that our nation stands a chance of winning the war on poverty and crime.

Beverly Raburn

Thomson

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Craig Spinks 04/10/12 - 02:45 am
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Amen.

Amen.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/10/12 - 05:11 am
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There is a valid point to

There is a valid point to this letter. School is so much more than meets the eye. Good teachers change us for life. Coaches, too.

mytwocentsworth
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mytwocentsworth 04/10/12 - 05:55 am
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I agree with the author, but

I agree with the author, but would add that the parents are the first teachers. When they do their job well, the professional teachers can be much more effective.

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Jane18 04/10/12 - 08:05 am
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A good teacher is a wonderful

A good teacher is a wonderful thing, but a good parent is a blessing. And an even bigger blessing is when a child comes back to you and tells you how you(the parent) made them what the are.

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 04/10/12 - 08:10 am
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Good letter.

Good letter.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/10/12 - 08:24 am
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Good letter......but why are

Good letter......but why are we at the bottom of the list in education in the USA....
Could it possibly have something to do with babies w/o daddies at home??

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