This week, we read and discussed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s actions that led to great changes. It was interesting to hear the perspective of second graders, informally talking with one another about how thankful they were for Dr. King's actions, but then questioning some of the things that are going on in our world. They wondered why in school and at home they are taught to follow, "The Golden Rule...Treat others the way you want to be treated," if no one really does? They had some pretty deep questions, that I didn't have the answers for...and even researching didn't seem to answer them.
But through it all, we decided that, we won't give up! We will keep doing our part to make the world a better a place. We also shared our dreams. The things that we may not have as much control over, but believe that just like Dr. King, we too should have dreams. We wrote about them on our blog. Feel free to read and share comments with your child or other students. They sure are thinkers! They are observers too... PAYING ATTENTION to not only their parents, teachers, and friends...but to things happening in the world.
FYI: Students are now able to type, upload, create headers, attach and make corrections when posting on their blog. I did not assist with any of these and just read them this weekend. Not only did they touch my heart with their words, but I am so proud of how far they have come with their computer skills in second grade!
"Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.
And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."
~Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.