Some of my greatest Lessons for Life came from my Catholic teachers. They role modeled, encouraged, expected, and positively reinforced core values such as fairness, compassion, and respect. These are values which have served me well (in childhood and adulthood). And they are values I try to encourage and ignite in my children…
Lessons for Life
In grade 6, one of our classmates (and one of my best friends) died of Cancer. She had been sick for a long time. It was the first time, I had experience a death so close to my age. Shortly after the funeral, our teacher coordinated the parents, who were able, to donate money to buy a plant for the family. Then, our teacher arranged for us to go on a sort of field trip….walking through our school’s neighbourhood to our deceased friend’s home. There, we presented the family with cards and the plant (which would bloom every year around the same time – signaling a remembrance of her life).
This experience has stayed with me through the years.
Classrooms aren’t just desks and chairs. They are community. Classmates are just colleagues. They are friends. Teachers aren’t just knowledge-share-ers. They are leaders. In that experience of visiting my friend’s mother — I understood closure. I participated in empathy. I felt what it was to make a difference as a community.
I think this was a cornerstone experience in my life as well. I attend community and family celebrations (and funerals) with a deeper commitment to “how can I help you now?” personal action.
My son attends French Catholic school and I see him learning the same core values now. He talks about “understanding” almost every day. Yesterday he said to me “Mom, you do so much. I want you to have a day off.” *heart melts*. This is exactly the kind of caring, thoughtful person I want him to grow into.
Catholic teachers promote values that help students become engaged and contributing citizens. Graduates of their schools participate in elections, donate to charities and volunteer in their communities at very high rates.
Catholic teachers deliver lessons that extend beyond math, science and history. They shape the character and values of the students that they teach.
Visit http://www.catholicteachers.ca/LessonsForLife for more information.
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