Teaching – An Important Parable, Fighting Rape Culture, Education and a New Future, and some Local Inspiration

This week:
An Important Parable:

A Teacher was writing the table of 5’s on the board:

After writing she turned back towards the students and found that everybody was laughing at her. On asking the reason for laugh, couple of students got up and told her

Ma’am- the first line of the table is wrong…It should be 5

Hearing this the Teacher (smiling) explained “I wrote the first line wrong on purpose, because I wanted you to learn something important. This was for you to learn how the real world will treat you. I wrote 9 correct lines but nobody congratulated me but one mistake and everybody pointed at it.

Moral: The world will never appreciate a billion right things you do but will criticize you for one wrong doing. Therefore, never ever get disheartened if somebody criticizes you. Take it positively and rise above all criticisms.

“Honest, open questions are countercultural,”
– Parker Palmer: The Journey Toward An Undivided Life


Powerful Video Urges Men To Fight Rape Culture To Protect Their Daughters:
Trigger warning… This has some bad language and broaches an incredibly difficult subject, but if we don’t ask honest questions and address the issue, who will?

Some of the Chibok girls are getting an Education and a New Future:
Much has been written about the Chibok girls, the 276 schoolgirls from the village of Chibok in northern Nigeria who were kidnapped by Boko Haram in April 2014. A few have been found or rescued in the past few months; most are still missing. However, there’s another group of those Chibok girls we’ve heard less about — those who managed to escape the night of the abduction.

Self-Care: Putting on Your Oxygen Mask First:
Did you know that Penn State University recently published a research article outlining the impacts of stress on teachers? According to their study, teacher stress “compromises their health, sleep, quality of life, and teaching performance.” The good news is the study also cited mindfulness practices as an intervention to help reduce teacher stress.

Local Inspiration for Teachers:
A celebration of You on National Teacher Appreciation Day May 2nd

Thanks this week go to David S, the team at Parenting 2.0, the team at the Niroga Institute, and Alex K!
Pay it forward!

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