This has been one of the most tumultuous times in our nation’s history. Right now, somewhere in this country, there is a protest taking place. Somewhere in this country are grieving parents having to enter a new year without their son or daughter. I don’t want to make this political, but I will reference the irony of a protest movement being led by young people and the loss of young lives. Those young people who were murdered didn’t want to die any more than we wanted them to die.
My focus as an educator and father is focusing on how I want kids to live. I want them to have choices, be free and walk in the full liberties afforded by our great constitution and Bill of Rights, and I want them to be educated. Those three things are most important to me, because I want them to be equipped to compete globally, be competent workers, and the best citizens.
Now we can give them books, lots of lectures and buy them the best that money can buy. However, none of those things will work fully if we don’t provide them with patience, love and a good challenge now and again to be their best. They also need our time.
My heart goes out to the parents of children who have been killed. No one should know that grief.
My heart also goes out to the parents who are trying to give their parents the best; the people making sacrifices, and the people who are fighting for their kids to live.
Let’s say goodbye to 2014 and welcome 2015 as our personal year to make kids’ lives matter more. Let’s commit to helping them live and live well.
Happy New Year to you and yours!
Dr. Grady #kidslivesmatter