Mary Ann Niemczura, born in Massachusetts, reared in Colorado and now living in Upstate New York, looks at three things which she finds important to her and were she grow up in Massachusetts and in Colorado: Family, Faith, and Education.
Like me she grew up in a time when education was still valued and probably the teachers still respected. At a new years dinner for municipal staff I was questioned about the use of musical education and playing an instrument. In the past that was considered as an asset and helpful to have the brains growing in a good way. The gift of music and diligent practice are very much helping the brain to develop so that there is gain on different fronts for other schoolsubjects as well as analytic and creative thinking. The author has good reason to
belief that children who play a musical instrument including voice have a better chance of success in school. They learn to listen and to read as well as to memorize more quickly.
Also the religious upbringing may help to create a decent personality which is respectful to nature and all those living on this globe. Learning from the Holy Scriptures not only gives a good formation for our relationships with others, it also shall make us a better person, not only believing in the Creator but also believing in the self, which shall give more confidence to tackle certain tasks and to withstand certain counteraction or thwart.
To have hope for the future we have to work at it that others also come to understand the reasons why we should have certain values, cherish and nourish certain morals. Like in previous times it is still important to be involved with those around us, to read to the children, to give ethical and/or religious education and to practice faith with those who are near to us. Parents and educators do have to send a very clear message that education should be at the top of the list after family and faith.
Then we might have fewer morally bankrupt persons in society.
- Too many pupils for not enough teachers
- A learning process for each of us
- Passion and burn out of a teacher
Three things are important to me and were growing up in Massachusetts and in Colorado.
Family-we had the luxury of a stay at home mom which I believe made all the difference in growing up. We did not have babysitters come in. My parents were simply always there for all of us children. These were simpler times in the 40s and 50s when families made do with less. I remember my parents growing most of the fruits and vegetables we needed. My mother canned a lot for the winter months. We kept potatoes in cold storage in the basement in Massachusetts. We were happy and well fed. Our mother sewed most of our clothes as well. We knew we were well loved.
Faith-we attended church regularly which formed a strong foundation for our character and beliefs. We participated in religious education at church as well. Parents who give…
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