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Education Beat: Missing the point
by Shalyn Roberts
Sep 10, 2009 | 2922 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
I pledge myself, to the best of my ability, to help the students of Davis County and all over the nation and world to love to learn.

Many similar pledges of service, kindness, patriotism and more were made through the “I Pledge!” clip recently played at Eagle Bay Elementary.

I want to show my support to the school, the students, its staff and teachers and the PTA board who chose that clip and to those who were able to see it for what it was — a clip about service. I also want to show that I support promoting the importance of education, no matter from whence it comes.

For the past two years, I have held the position of education reporter for the Clipper newspaper. In those two years, I have seen the inner workings of the Board of Education, various administrators across the district and the passion and dedication of teachers I hope to join some day.

As one who has been a witness to the wonderful projects and learning situations students have participated in, I can guarantee no harm or hidden agenda was ever meant from showing “I Pledge!”

Further than that, I am saddened by those community members who felt the clip did have a hidden agenda.

For myself, watching from a distance and reporting on the situation, I saw an opportunity taken away from students.

The clip showed a diverse and excited nation coming together in service and well-intended goals.

That diverse nation included Asians, Hispanics, Blacks, rock stars and more.

The clip demonstrated how we could all come together for a common goal, whichever goal you choose. Unfortunately, many missed that bigger picture.

Those same people missed the bigger picture of the President of the United States, Barack Obama, giving encouragement to the students all across this nation to set goals and work toward them.

When people instead focus only on what they see, or only on some hidden agenda, they miss the opportunity to teach our young people to accept others, no matter their differences, and learn together.
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