Your actions will always be what the world sees, but people who choose to see through God's eyes will always have the compassion to understand why.
It is strange when we expect all students to do well academically and ignore the fact that individuals' abilities vary. If a child/kid/teenager cannot do well in academics and shows signs of distraction, it is an indication that his mind isn't in the strict form and obligations of the school curriculum. His cleverness and creativeness could show in other aspects of life. It could be in arts, sports, photography, computer world, gardening, carpentry, or any other field in life. Judging students' based on their grades and accusing them of failure is an excuse for the limited space the educational system provides to students to succeed in life.
Hypocrisy is something I have learned saturates every level of our society. I see it more with my old age than I did then. At some stage I started questioning everything that I was being taught and turned against various aspects of my upbringing. Maybe I had my reasons and maybe I needed new ways to cope.
Reading enhances logical thinking and motivates analyzing skills. It helps one's mind to be calmer and wiser. As the body seeks air, food, and water, the mind seeks knowledge, and it would be a huge waste if we didn't raise children from a very young age how to read passionately. Young readers are young thinkers, and a child who can think is a child who can face life problems with calmer manners and quieter approach.
On ne naît pas femme: on le devient.
Just like providing healthy food, clean water, comfortable home, good education and health care to children is a must and a right, teaching them how to read books passionately is a skill that they need to live in life living by values, and think logically, and know what's right from wrong, and have a compassionate heart.
The educational systems should rely on three solid foundations: enhancing values, life skills, and formal educational curriculum. Each of these bases completes the other, none of them can stand on its own. There is no use of having smart students who don't show respect and compassion, or know how to live by values in life.
My mother's gifts of courage to me were both large and small. The latter are woven so subtly into the fabric of my psyche that I can hardly distinguish where she stops and I begin.
I learned from my Adventist upbringing that the biggest sins were sexual.
My upbringing was absolutely not the archetypal writer's upbringing. Even, arguably, the opposite.
We all have baggage from our upbringing! That's life!
I've been accused of my publicist of being too confessional... it's probably my Celtic upbringing.
Cornwall has lots of folk and Celtic music and has that kind of surfer vibe as well. That was my kind of upbringing.
The Christian ethic played an essential part in my upbringing.
A lot of my upbringing was about denying or fretting or evading.
My parents couldn't be looser. It was the ultimate laissez faire upbringing.
A good upbringing means not that you won't spill sauce on the tablecloth, but that you won't notice it when someone else does.
I had a strong, really good upbringing, not puritanical.
The Quaker upbringing was not strict, but it was frugal. Extremely frugal. One was always encouraged to give away one's worldly goods.
I was sucked into this vortex of a very conservative upbringing.