This weeks assignment, from Mommy Wizdom, is as follows:
The assignment: If you were ruler of the world for a day/week/month/year (your choice on the time), you would...
This was harder for me than I thought it would be. I considered legislating library funding but then decided I do not want the government after me to have the power to legislate libraries.
I considered being a smart-arse - surprising, I know - and just going with rude, crude and purposely shocking bumper sticker wisdom. You know - "Nuke the gay baby black whales for Jesus". That kind of thing.
I finally decided that I would like to take the schools backwards a bit. Back to the day when manners were an embedded part of any curriculum. Back to the day when children stood when an adult entered the room. Back to the day when any adult had the right and the responsibility to correct any egregious hooliganism they observed. Back to the day when any child knew that adults were to be obeyed and that your parents were gonna find out what you did because EVERYONE was gonna tell them what you did. Back to the day of "yes, ma'am" and "no, sir" and standing with your hand over your heart when your flag passed by or your national anthem was played. Back to the day when "please" and "thank you" and "excuse me" were heard substantially more often than public cursing. Back to the day when everyone knew that the correct answer to "how are you?" is "fine, thanks. How are you?"
The schools are already publicly funded and subject to all sorts of regulations, rules, and requirements. I foresee only one problem with this task. Where are we going to find young teachers who possess this knowledge, let alone the ability to pass it on?
Oh, well, it's my universe. Build a curriculum and they will teach it.