There is something about a child speaking. Their words are from the heart and they can be pure and honest. While we adults discuss and plan our children’s education, it is quite different to hear their take on what is going on with their schools and how their education is affected by the economic mess we put them in today.
I read an article in the L.A. Times that talked about how the white house staff found a video on YouTube. Students at the Village Academy school in Pomona, CA produced a video showing how the economy affected their families and their schooling. I logged on and it made me cry. Never before have I thought of seeing our economy from a teenager’s eyes. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WMTTrOrKVI. White house staffers found the video and brought it to our president’s attention. The results were a domino effect. He mentioned them in his speech on education Tuesday March 10th and then actually visited them 10 days later, today March 20th when he was here in L.A. appearing on the Tonight Show.
On a large scale, it reminded me that we adults should listen more to the very generation we are trying to protect and on a smaller scale it reminds me to actually listen to my 6,10 and 12 year old kids when they want to tell me about their day. What good are we if we try to make the best future plans for our kids and the next generation without hearing how they feel about today?