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Monday, August 23, 2010

Back-to-School Thoughts on Education

Ill Litter I See
©Ruth Cox

I ran across this photo of a school bus today. I read the photographer's comment, "This item has been decaying into the landscape forever." I couldn't help but think, Yes, as is our educational system. I thought of illiteracy ... Ill litter I see.

And what a timely reminder as many of us prepare to send our children back to school to be instructed by our educators to the tune of The Three R's - Reading, wRiting, and aRithmetic. Let us all remember there are three more R's of importance - Right, Responsibility, and Respect. Education should be considered a Right for one and for all; education should be considered a Responsibility by one and by all; education should be treated with Respect by one and by all.

Education empowers. As we gain knowledge, we also gain self-confidence, self-respect, and self-satisfaction. Let us put education back on the bus and in the driver seat by encouraging the three R's and then some.

Let not our funds for education shrink; let not the numbers of our educated sink; let not our minds be left untrained to think.

NOTE: I have now put this in a postcard version as the first in a series of Postcards for a Purpose. I encourage everyone to send a postcard to their state and local representatives!

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  1. Wonderful post. Education has changed so much from when I was teaching. Progress? I don't know. I suppose each generation says that.

  2. Beverly, I think education is now so wrapped up in bureaucracy that true learning now sits at the back of the bus.

  3. I love your mantra! And the photo. You have a great way of expressing yourself. I love forward to visiting you often.


  4. Great photo and post! Five schools closed in our town this year, among with the other, now-usual problems. So sad!

  5. I thank all of you for your comments! This is now a postcard in my cafepress shop and I've updated this post with the link to purchase yours.

  6. This is a wonderful! You put that old bus to great use. Love ya Ruthi :) and I grabbed your badge too. On my way now to add to my blog. I'm slow as Moses these days LOL

  7. Yes, Cynthia, keepin' this ol' bus on the road to education! Thanks..:-)


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