22,000,000+ views in just two days - you decide!
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My wife and I have talked about this a lot since having children actually. We don't have any say, our kids didn't have any say - you're born and that's the way it goes.
So kids really aren't in charge of their story and how it begins. As educators though we can help them write their own story, help them with the details and push them towards an ending!
The biggest problem is that lots of kids don't know what to decide. There isn't a menu in life that says....
"Here's what you can be and here's how to make it happen!"
Behind every name in that video (Neymar Jr, Serena Williams, Lebron James, Zhouqi, Mo Farah) there was someone who believed in them, pushed them, molded them, sacrificed for them, taught them and helped them to decide their own outcome. But they had someone.
All of our kids don't have someone.
I've worked at schools where we had career day - I don't think it's enough. Does every school even do a career day? One week during the year when a few parents come to talk with the class, and usually it was in Kindergarten. Police Officer, Fire Fighter, Nurse, etc........we need to do more, we can do more, our kids deserve us to do more. How about all the careers that just got invented, are those being represented?
Instead of college and career counselors, how about a 'What Your Future Can Be' class. The syllabus can be......
"Here's what you can be and here's how we can help you to make it happen!"
Life isn't fair for some kids, but we can help turn that around. We must help turn that around, that's our business!
The world can be messed up, but it's our job as educators to provide a safe, fun, nurturing, supportive, encouraging environment to make it happen for kids!
Let's help kids decide how their story ends, let's help them write the next chapter, let's make it a bestseller, let's make those dreams happen, let's create memories they'll never forget, let's make life better for them than when it started.