Agents of Change…

Sally Ride, a real Agent of Change…Sally Ride, America's first woman astronaut co...

There seems to be a lot of disheartening news lately. Outside of the normal “Hollyweird” celebrity making news to make money we are here to recognize a real “Agent of Change” who changed outer space by those who our nation sends into it. Today Sally Ride, the first woman to ever travel in space died. Our prayers and good health medicine are with us day unto night.

Continued…Agents of Change

One of the most proud moments of my life was when I got my first ever teaching credential. All the way through graduate school all of my professors would illuminate us by saying: What a teacher is, and what really great teachers are, is agents of change. Now is the time for all of us to get into critical thinking – including meditation or reflection – and stipulate why teachers in our society have such an immense responsibility – agents of change – I loved just hearing the expression although at the time I wasn’t exactly sure what it meant.

So why don’t we just have a look at what the words are and what they are implying. Quite openly your children are going to spend a good deal of time with their teachers up until the time they reach 18-years of age; in fact, your kids are going to spend more time with their teachers than they do at home. Therefore, being the “Agent” of change carries with it an enormous amount of responsibility, dignity, integrity, and above all, a sense of caring. (If you are a prospective teacher or educator, if you do not possess those traits – especially caring – perhaps you should be thinking otherwise.)

Teachers as agents are those individuals or significant others in our lives that provide unconditional actions and reactions that guide students into ways to manage the changes they’re going to face in life. Moreover, being such an instrument or driver if you will, teachers are those individuals that produce the means, causality, which hopefully will bring your child to new levels of understanding the world around them.

Yeah, yeah, yeah and yada – yada to you too – why don’t we just collect our checks and go home? Well there are those who do exactly that. Yet an “Agent” of change manages, mediates, negotiates, and acts as a representative for your child.

The notion of change is perhaps the most difficult issue a human being will face in their lifetime. But who here reading this believes that a human only faces one change their entire lives? Earlier this week whilst preparing this article I happened across a person’s blog that espoused:

I stand here in abject stupefaction. The so-called “right” or “Tea Party” in this republic is being so thoroughly rolled and defeated that I am struggling to come up with an adequate violent submission metaphor that does not involve prison rape . . . and they honesty think that they’re “winning.”

Obviously aware of the brutal even despicable torment those from the Tea Party must be going through, is the beginning of critical thinking – even an agent of change. One very big problem we’ve had in our nation is the notion that humankind resists change with every fiber of their being. Face it – even things we purchase we can fear simply because of the change it brings to our lives.

Once upon a time when those who had the cojones to stop a King with assorted abuses; who humbly sat in a non-air conditioned room with temperatures soaring well above 100°F dressed in full regal attire whilst debating how a nation was to be run. Furthermore, for those who could take it the sessions were much longer; no one
ever said it was going to be easy writing a U.S. Constitution deluxe with a
Bill of Rights.

The American public is no longer prepared to live with the status quo – business as usual – types who have nearly bankrupted their nation and who are not willing to see it given away just because 20 million people ignored our rule of law, and we’re staying away from corruption in this article; however, all people are doing is listening to what the Tea Party has to say. Sure it may have the ingredients for successful change, we hope so, yet there have been countless political parties who thought they could do it
better.

 

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