One issue that keeps popping up for me both at home and in each country I visit is ethics. In Greece, it's often been on the forefront of my mind.
I thought of all the mistakes I know I make on a daily basis, and I realized that in the end, what I do "wrong" isn't nearly as important as what I do right. And that is being the mother that my son needs me to be. Not perfect. Not even close, but his mom.
It did not start out as a memorable day. As usual, my parents forced me to an event, in this case a graduation at Lawrenceville School for my first cousin. The event was held outside, and I can still see the space to the left of the stage where I played.
School is supposed to be a place to learn, explore, and grow. However, for these things to occur, there must be an environment that is encouraging, dynamic, and most importantly supportive. Educators have a responsibility to adjust their teaching styles.
In 10 weeks, all of my friends and favorite acquaintances will be in college. Freaking out about how the size of their refrigerators has shrunk. Studying maps to find exactly where Psych 101 is. Catching whispers of being the new kids on the block. Without me.
Even though I loved high school, I wouldn't go back and do it again. Don't get me wrong -- I had a lot of great times and great memories, but there were also many days I spent stressing over the littlest things.
For teachers, the last day of school is about both endings and beginnings. It's a celebration and a sniffle of what we're leaving behind. It's more than just hurry up, get inside, close the door, sign yearbooks and you're off.
It's the season of graduations and my newsfeed is filled with caps and gowns and diplomas. This year, I had two kids doing the Pomp & Circumstance walk.
Today is the last day for the rest of my life I will drop one of my children off at high school. And tomorrow, I, like my entire family, will begin a new day believing we were born to follow our hearts and be happy.
So here's the thing about divorce, if you have children together: Your marriage may be over but your interactions will never end. There will be birthday parties and graduations. Weddings and grandchildren.
For the many students who sit in Spanish, French, or German class every day and resent having to memorize vocabulary words and learn new grammar rules, the change initially seems like a positive one.
Americans, wake up! Our teens need to sleep. The research is compelling enough. Invest in our kids. Do the right thing. Delay school start times.
A time where we focus our eyes and spotlights and applause on the students who successfully pushed through the exams, the essays, the sports games, the drama, to walk across a stage and receive that diploma. To graduate.
This morning, I want to talk about money. I'm not referring to financial literacy, and no, I'm not planning to lament the pursuit of the almighty dollar or even discuss the subject of materialism at all.
This is the method that I use to remember information word-for-word. If you work with this method you will be able to remember any written information with ease. You can use it to remember quotes, poems, definitions or verses from religious text.
I have taught over 10,000 students over 63 years, the oldest now in their 80s. My primary focus has always been: What preparation leads to a meaningful and fulfilling life--and what does not?