Sunday, February 23, 2014

When Schools... DIRECT TV style

While the Direct TV commercials may be obnoxious, they are great examples of cause and effect, in showing how one small decision can snowball into something much greater.
I help with my church's youth group, and the youth pastor used these commercials to spark student interest in his message about using our God-given abilities and passions. (Thanks David Trainer!) This cause and effect concept can be applied to so many areas!
Here are the commercials:


And as you would guess, this method can be applied to schooling.
Ready for some examples...
When big business feeds on k-12 education, it becomes all about the money. 
When it becomes all about the money, they make standardized tests and common core standards.
When they make standardized tests and common core standards, we're no longer acting in the best interest of the children.
When we don't act in the best interest of the children, the kids don't feel valued or cared for.
When kids don't feel valued or cared for they devalue their self-worth.
When our boys and girls devalue their self-worth...(FILL IN THE BLANK). 

We all have witnessed the consequences dealt to a young innocent generation. Unlike the commercials, these extreme effects are our reality.

I'm not blaming big business, because frankly, you could replace big business with a number of factors that have taken the focus of main stream education away from the children. Whatever point you start with in the public education process, at some point it becomes a selfish system, deflecting the love and care away from the students. 

What if...


When every individual involved invests in the wellness of the child first, the child views his life as valuable and purposeful to others.
When a child views his life as valuable and purposeful to others, he cherishes himself as a unique creation.
When he cherishes himself as a unique creation, he desires to inquire and explore his God-given abilities and passions.
When he desires to inquire and explore his God-given abilities and passions, he lives unselfishly with great motivation and vitality.
When he lives unselfishly with great motivation and vitality, he can be powerfully used by God to bring light to the world!

-I'm aware there are many missing pieces in these scenarios, but the bottom line is; There is a big difference in the results of an unselfish community compared to those groomed by the selfish system.     

Joy in the unselfishness