Friday, March 07, 2008

Value Systems

Saying for the Day: Our dreams, goals, and ideas come from our values ... If what we are doing does not come from what we care about most in life, it is meaningless."
--G. Lynne Snead and Joyce Wycoff

The Green Bay Quarterback of sixteen or seventeen years retired the day before yesterday. There was massive press coverage. People were upset. Their world was ending.

Later this year a teacher in the Green Bay School system who has taught there for the last thirty years will retire. There will be no press coverage. People will not be upset.

The Quarterback made millions of dollars. The teacher made enough to survive.

The teacher influenced hundreds of lives. She poured herself into students. She gave them a yearning to learn , to strive to live up to their potential. What she did will influence the community for years to come in a good way.

The Quarterback gave us some great Sundays and some Monday nights.

There is something wrong with our community value system. What is really important we put a low value on and that which in the long run of things is not important at all we value highly.

Why is that?

Are we blind and deaf to the things that really count. Is winning a football game more important than the future of our children?.

What does that say to our children. The country needs scientists, educators, poets, but there aren’t millions to be made there. They set their goal in life as being a football ,basketball, or some kind of sport star. They take steroids to help reach the goal.

If we are to survive as a nation it won’t be because of quarterbacks . It will be because dedicated teachers redirected our children from sports to learning. Created in them a desire to be poets, scientists, educators, and more.

That5 person we should value.

#### News from Pigeon Falls-The little town in my basement where the trains still run, dragons fly, and life is back to normal. The Ghost Hunters packed up and left yesterday. One doubts they will be back to Pigeon Falls.

The Tommy Club met last night. They were feeling pretty good. They congratulated Tammy for getting the information from the Fly Inn manager as to which rooms the Ghost Hunters were in. Tommy UK showed how to pick a lock which he had done to get them in the room. Tommy FK ( farmer’s kid) had retrieved his pet mouse from the Fly Inn. They all laughed at the surprise the Ghost Hunters would have if they ever viewed that video. At the beginning the mouse has on pants and a little Mexican hat. That should shake them up a bit. The club doubts anybody will ever figure out it was them. Now they are back to preparing for next weeks coming of Detective Jonathan Castle.

The town council met and decided to take old Doc Simpson up on his offer. They haven’t been able to find a Doctor for the new clinic. They also have done some studying and discovered that there are a lot of health experts that believe that Physician’s Assistants and Nurse Practitioners are the future for basic health care in small communities.


Today's Link-A Happy Downtowner- Somebody doesn't love McDonalds or politicians.

It was one of those special days. My oxygen was up in the low normal. I spent the morning learning more about videos. In the afternoon I finished reading my second book. Now I have to wait for them to publish the third in the series. Then my son Peter brought Bree and Luke to stay the night so he and Lori can go a concert. Luke and I worked on an elf tale. That was fun as he has a great imagination and I love telling stories. They always lose something when I write them down. Now I need a breathing treatment.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think our athletes and celebreties get way to much credit, and money. Those who really deserve the hero status such as teachers and military are always overlooked. I guess that is one of the things that make them heros.

6:51 AM  
Blogger Stacy said...

Worthy thoughts, but I don't see things changing any time soon. Too many people see fame and fortune as the only path to happiness.

7:42 AM  
Anonymous quilly said...

Thank you, Dr. John. Several years ago in a grocery store as I handed my debit card to a clerk she looked down and saw the teacher's credit union symbol. At the time there was a huge controversy about the passing of a tax package so the teachers could receive a raise. This clerk looked up at me and said words to the effect that we teachers think too much of ourselves. She said we didn't deserve any more than minimum wage because we were nothing but glorified baby-sitters.

7:46 AM  
Blogger Jill said...

Too bad our school systems can't afford to pay our teachers as well as athletes. God Bless our teachers. Just think, if teachers had not pushed some of these athletes to do better in school, some of these guys might not have made it to the pros. So how come these Hall of Fame types never thank their teachers?

9:10 AM  
Blogger A Happy Downtowner said...

Great post. You know, everyone of us can think of one teacher who either influenced our lives or at least part of it. Although I'd like to see all year long school, I think our teachers deserve better. It's a shame that the very person who will have a direct influence on someone's success in life can be treated that way.

ps: Wow, I'm honoured to be the link on your post today :)

9:32 AM  
Blogger The Old Fart said...

the world seems to have gotten it priorities wrong. I can only imagine what the Good Lord is thinking.

A Blessed Weekend is wished for you and Betty.

10:17 AM  
Blogger Janvangogh said...

No one in Pigeon Falls knows about a pet mouse that wears pants and a Mexican hat?

1:24 PM  

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