Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Character Series: Courage

"Moral cowardice that keeps us from speaking our minds is as dangerous to this country as irresponsible talk. The right way is not always the popular and easy way. Standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral character." ~ Margaret Chase Smith

Question: What place does courage have in schooling?

Courage Resources

1 comment:

Ed Latham said...

As teachers, it is so safe in our little worlds we set up in our room. We are in control of most everything. Most parents are afraid of stepping back into our classes, and administrators are frequently too busy to bother stopping in. School board member may not be spotted in many schools very often never mind any classrooms. In short, it is usually just the teacher and the students, nice and safe!

It is no wonder then, that many teachers are not comfortable to step outside those shelters we cherish so much? In the back of our minds we may acknowledge that there is more to gain from working with others, but the idea of having others "invade" our safe havens may deter many teachers from reaching out of the classroom too often.

For those that do reach out, there is often fear and discomfort for awhile. If the teacher can stick with it long enough the rewards start coming in. The next time they try something the fear dies out a bit more and the rewards come quicker. At some point in this cycle peers start looking at how courageous the teacher is.

Courage comes to those that take chances and succeed no matter how small those chances are. Everyone has different ideas on what constitutes a challenge, but the important thing is that people keep tackling those little things until your comfort works up to the bigger things. Sometimes it is beneficial to put the blinders on and focus on little steps.