My friend Brittany gave me a book called 300 Writing Prompts.
I take it with me on flights. If it isn’t too wacky (or sometimes even if it is), I’ll ask the person next to me to pick a prompt for me to write about while we’re flying. Sometimes, I just pick one.
The one I’ll use today is one I picked.
It’s about stuff we should learn in school. I feel like there are some things we learn (or struggle to learn, often in my case) that would be better serve being replaced. There are things I’d like to have learned, but didn’t.
What do you think is the most important thing for today’s kids to learn in school?
This wins over more tangible lessons such as budgeting, managing stress and cooking. (Those are all important too). Accountability could impact all those areas. And it could show kids the value not only of doing the right thing, but avoiding doing things selfishly.
It could strengthen character to act with others in mind, whether it’s not cutting line, not cutting someone off, or not cutting someone.
It’s like that John Wooden quote: Consider others’ feelings before your rights; and considers others’ rights before your feelings. Making amends would become second nature. We wouldn’t first focus on how we’d been wronged, but how we take care of each other.
Rather than castigate others, we’d concentrate on what we can do on our own.
Knowing everyone is acting with kindness, how would you navigate? We wouldn’t have to feel suspicious of others’ motives. We’d only question whether we were being considerate. No more blame. No more marginalizing.
No more excuses.
Even at the most simple level – the way you approach people you encounter tomorrow, for instance – it could change everything. Everyone could have a fair shot at their best lives, and contribute to the type of world that would foster it.
What do you think? What should they be teaching in schools?
E is for End-of-your-career awards
F is for Frank, my uncle
H is for ✊🏻 haiku (my quarantine journal)