Dr. Alberto Carvalho, the Dade County School Superintendent, focuses on Respect, Responsibility and Restraint.
He recently tweeted, “Anytime is the right time to reacquaint your child with the 3Rs of schooling, respect, responsibility, and restraint”.
This was in response to the Ferguson, Florida State University and other events where respect, responsibility and restraint were not present.
Our kids are seeing so much violence and so many inappropriate actions. Some people think kids should not be exposed to these events.
For the child who learns best when he or she sees and experiences information, these kids will hear about these events, and if these issues are not discussed, they may get the wrong picture.
Whether one agrees or disagrees with the Travon Martin, Ferguson or other court decisions, it is clear that:
– People were not respecting each other
– People did not act responsibly.
– Restraint was not present during the events and during the aftermath
Our kids will focus more on what we do versus what we say. They will look at how we:
– Respect others — we may be frustrated with what schools do, but do we respect teachers and schools
– Are or are not responsible. I have seen advocates blast teachers and principals without cause and it sets a bad town
– Act in a calm and restrained way
It is not always easy to act respectfully, responsibly and with restraint, but it pays great dividends