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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

My Agent of Change


Happy Earth Day Everyone! I'm taking the morning off from work today so that I can go to Jackson, my kindergartner's, Earth Day Parade. The entire Elementary School will be marching through the streets of our small Colorado Town singing their Earth Day song in unison. The song that Jackson has been practicing for the last two weeks. The song that I can only get out of my head when the kids decide to watch Frozen for the millionth time and I am lucky enough to replace Earth Day song with the horrific melody of "Let it Go." Why, oh why Disney have you done this to parents across the world???

But back to the Earth Day song. One day Jackson came home and just started belting out this catchy tune:
"We've got the power. We are the future. We are the agents, agents of change. We know the problems. We've got solutions. We are the agents, agents of change." 

As I was listening to the lyrics I felt a bit of pride. Here is my 5 year old son letting the world know that he has solutions to our problems! He is going to make a change! He is our FUTURE!!!! If I'd only known then that I was going to have to spend my morning standing on the side of the street listening to 500 kids sing those words I might not have been so excited, but at the time my son's brilliance was sure to save the planet.

What surprised me the most about this now hated song that never leaves my head except when Frozen is on, was the stark difference in the message my son is learning in kindergarten vs. the messages that were engraved in my kindergarten mind. Messages like: GRADUATE! I feel like not dropping out of school and getting your high school diploma was the most important thing in the entire world when I was 5, when I was 7, when I was 12, and even more urgently in my teen years. My teachers weren't telling us we could change the world, they weren't even suggesting we consider college yet! The high school drop out rate in the area I grew up in was so high that they literally just wanted to make sure we stuck around long enough to get a diploma in our hands. 

I'm not even sure if Jackson knows what a high school diploma is. But I do know that he has solutions! Solutions for change!!! And I'd say that motivation is a lot more likely to lead him to GRADUATE from high school, GRADUATE from college, and who knows, maybe just save the world!

8 comments:

  1. Happy Earth Day! I also have this dream for my son. I hope does go into a good college and maybe save the world in his own way.

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  2. Happy Earth Day! Empowering our kids and ourselves with the knowledge and ability that we can change the world is s exciting. As a Wellness & Lifestyle Consultant, that is one of the main things I focus on with my clients...we have the ability to ROCK the world! Love you post...thanks for sharing!

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  3. Happy Happy Earth Day! I felt the same that you did about our educational system. It's really sad, but we call our country the land of the rich, the land with opportunities, yet there are so many who don't go passed high school or even care about education. I sure hope my son understands the value of education some day. As Becky says, empowerment is exciting and a big thing.

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  4. Happy Earth day to you as well. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Our kids are the future. The messages that are taught today are definitely not the ones I remember from school.

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  5. Happy Happy Earth day to you too :) Good to read that they are taking action to make the world a better place.

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  6. Happy Earth day! I hope it went well.. I think that is a wonderful message to teach children at their age.. thank you for stopping by my blog

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  7. What a cute idea for Earth Day - a parade! It's weird to think that our little ones are going to lead the world someday - and a little scary since my daughter is still mainly interested in playing in the mud! lol!

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  8. You make great points. I know it is so important for the future high school graduates to know how essential it is to get a diploma and what hard work is, most don't know about it.

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