Sep 24, 2012

What we can all learn from Back to School night

It's strange where you find profound truth.  In my 2nd graders room, there are these class rules on the wall.  As the teacher discussed the expectations for classroom behavior, I was struck by how these are my unspoken expectations for how the world should interact.  

Too bad we aren't in 2nd grade anymore.

1. We care about ourselves, others and the earth.
The given assumption is that we all take care of each other, and the earth.  I suppose I wouldn't feel the need to shout at the smoker using the world as their ash tray, if I thought this was an expectation the majority of the world followed.

2. Our room is a safe place.
This expectation is a little more ambiguous.  We could say that the expectation is that our homes are our safe places, or our work places, or just about anywhere there is a community that gathers. {PTSA meetings anyone?}

3. Everyone in our class is an important person
This expectation is more about how we treat others.  Again, if everyone is important, then no one would be made to feel unimportant, right?  If everyone is important, there are no favorites and everyone has a chance to shine.  The idea of the "popular kids" doesn't fit with this expectation.

4. We are here to learn and help others learn.
Exactly!  Why else would we be here on this little blue and green ball?  I am here to learn and help others learn, what about you?

5. It's okay to make mistakes.
I agree.  New favorite quote: "The first to help you up are the ones who know how it feels to fall down".  We are all learning and mistakes are made.  It's what you do with those mistakes that make you or break you.

What would our world be like if we all followed these rules?  
What a beautiful thought.

Just thinking about 2nd grade... Here's me, what a horrible shirt! Wow!!
Here is my little 2nd grader...  I do believe there is a family resemblance.

Linking up with the SITS girls and their FALL back into blogging event!


  1. Coming by from the Sits girls. Yeah I think she looks exactly like you. Oh it would be nice if we all behaved that way wouldn't it. Definitely be a much more peaceful world.

  2. Awww! Y'all do look alike. So cute.

    I love those rules. It would be a beautiful world if we all followed them.

  3. Coming by from the SITS site. What a great post! Your post was certainly more upbeat than mine, though. Have a great week!

  4. So true. I may just print your post and hang it on my fridge! It's interesting that, at this age, there is such an innocence to those rules. And that's why I need to hang them on my we can remember!

    PS - Stopping by from SITS!

  5. Great rules.

    Pretty girls.

    Stopping by from SITS.

  6. Wow, those are rules we should live by daily!
    You and your daughter really do look alike, so cute!

  7. Oooh yes, there is DEFINITELY a family resemblance there :)

    You know, it's wonderful you should post about this-It really DOES bring things into perspective! As we grow older, those rules apply less and less when they SHOULD be applies more and MORE to everyday life.

    Stopping by from SITS!

  8. sometimes i think we should all have to go back to school! what wonderful lessons that somehow as we get older a lot of people forget...

    popping over from sits!
    have a great day


  9. Ahh! You two do look alike. I still have "Everything you need to know you learned in Kindergarten" in my laundry room. I am visiting from Sits. Have a great evening!

  10. Those are great rules!

    You and your daughter really do look alike.

    Have a great Tuesday :)


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