From the Garden of Eden to the Gate of Glory, God has promised to be with us. People keep telling me this world’s in a mess and going to h e double hockey sticks in a hand basket. I respectfully disagree.
My bible says that there will always be evil, but that good men can make a difference. He tells us to let our light shine regardless, in Matthew 5 verse 16 if you’re interested. He also says that in this world we’re promised tribulation – not one of my faves, I must admit – but He goes on to say, “don’t fear! I’ve overcome that very same world you’re so upset about!” OK, not exactly, but it’s close.
I do have a question for anybody interested enough to read my blog. The stats on literacy of so-called North Carolina High School graduates, and I use the term loosely, are pitiful. We’re ranked among the lowest in the nation, in fact, and I might have an idea why. I give a clue at the end of this blog.
There’s a lot of misinformation out there, and the fascinating book A Great And Godly Adventure: The Pilgrims and the Myth of the First Thanksgiving, by Godfrey Hodgson, is a case in point. The pilgrims never ate turkey – it wasn’t around in Plymouth Rock and even if it had been, the muskets they used wouldn’t have been fast enough to hit one. They didn’t eat pumpkin either, or cranberries, in sauce or otherwise, ‘cos it wasn’t around in Plymouth Rock. These are just a few examples of how culture has formed our history, and our kids are learning untruths. As an avid writer and devout Christian I’m all about Truth. I pursue learning with a passion, but I want what I learn to be true!
With that in mind I’ve been putting together a Teen Writer Boot Camp, not to replace but to solidify the three R’s. (For those who don’t know, that’s old school for Reading, Riting and Rithmatic.) I can’t help much with the third but I fully intend to do my part in increasing the first two in my home town of Fayetteville, North Carolina. (Just a little shout-out there…)
So my question dear readers is this: what do you think of such a proposed plan of action? I’m working on classes in the Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels and there’s a pretty big payoff at the end of each. When kids take ownership of the learning, as in applying it to writing the stories they were born to write, those skills transfer over into “real life”, such as job and college applications, written and oral communication skills, even social interaction.
We can’t change the world, but we can change our little corner of it. Who’ll go with?
Kari, the garden gate girl
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(Here’s the promised clue: bear in mind that this program, Get Real: Comprehensive Sex Education that Works, run by Planned Parenthood, is aimed at 6th graders and our schools are so strapped for cash that they’re letting this into the school system. Do the research, people…)