Fidelity or Excuses?

Fidelity- strict observance of promises and duties; loyalty. (Dictionary.com)

Do you keep your promises? Do your loved ones know that when you say it, you mean it? Do you show up when you’re suppose to show up?

Do you take care of business..

do you fulfill your obligations..

are you responsible?

Do you hold yourself accountable? Do you show your fidelity to the people who depend on you?

Or do you make excuses?

 

Maurice Guest Jr., is an education administrator in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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Pray for Our Cell Phones

imageLord, save us from our cell phones for they have taken over our lives.

Our cell phones have replaced our alarm clocks.

Our cell phones have replaced our cameras.

Our cell phones have replaced our calendars.

Please don’t let our cell phones replace our ¬†friends.

Please don’t let our cell phones replace our families.

In your name we pray, Amen.

 

Maurice Guest Jr., is an education administrator in Little Rock, Arkansas. 

 

Malik Must Read.

This message is for Educators. Mothers. Fathers.

We have to encourage our children to read- especially our males! We have to put our sons in the car, on the bus, or walk with them to the library and check out a book. Then, we must sit him down, and make him read the book to us – aloud.

We can no longer accept his excuse that he does not like to read. We can no longer accept the excuse that he is not a good reader. Pick a book on his grade level, even if he has to start with a picture book and can only describe what he sees in the illustrations.

Next, our sons have to see us reading!

We have to lead by example. How dare we tell him to sit down and read, and then we take out our cell phone and get on Instagram. How dare we ask him to do anything we are not willing to do ourselves! How dare we tell him to FOLLOW our instructions when we are not LEADING by example.

Why must our sons read?

Our sons must start reading because the sons and daughters of China, can read very well and want to take our son’s place.

The sons and daughters of Singapore, can read very well and want to take our son’s place.

The sons and daughters of Finland, can read very well and want to take our son’s place.

The sons and daughters of Japan, Canada, South Korea, Ireland, Taiwan, Poland, Estonia, Liechtenstein, New Zealand, Australia, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Vietnam, Germany, France, Norway, and the United Kingdom are all reading better than our sons, and in a global economy – they are lining up to take our son’s place!

We have to encourage our children to read, read, read, read, read, read, if we want them the be the leaders we know they are capable of becoming.

 

Maurice Guest Jr., is an education administrator in Little Rock, Arkansas. 

 

An Educational Pitfall

I have been an educator for twelve years. I am dedicated to my craft, my school, and my city. I study my craft relentlessly, day in and day out.

I have observed everything around me – looking for details and fine points that will allow me to take students to another level.

I have observed everything around me – looking for potential pitfalls that prohibit students from advancing and fulfilling their potential.

I have found a pitfall.

In the decade I have been inside schools, I have never witnessed a pitfall as deep and dangerous as the cell phone. I am not alone. Steve Gardiner, a National Board Certified Educator and columnist for Education Week, states:

“In a career that spans thirty-eight years, I have not seen any single diversion that so distracts students from reading, writing, and working – as the cell phone.” (Education Week, May 2016)

“…We provide help to people who can’t control their behavior related to gambling, sex, drugs, and alcohol. But, we have no programs to help teenagers who can’t live two minutes without seeing their phones.” (Education Week, May 2016)

“…Students are using their cellphones 24/7. They sleep with them by their beds and text each other throughout the night. My students are addicts.” (Education Week, May 2016)

“…Yes, addict is a strong word, but physically, mentally, and emotionally, a high percentage of teenagers are addicted to their cell phones. We have incentives to promote attendance and graduation, but many teenagers need help, because their bodies are in the classroom, but their minds are inside their cellphones.” (Education Week, May 2016)

I have found a pitfall.

 

Maurice Guest Jr., is an education administrator in Little Rock, Arkansas.

 

Our Children Are Watching

The best advice we can give our children, is our example.

We are their first role model.

And we have this responsibility and honor until we screw it up. We only lose their faith and often their obedience when our words begin to contradict our actions. As parents, our actions, our habits, and how we interact in our world – impact our children more than the words we preach.

If we want our children to be honest – they can’t hear us lie.

If we want our children to work hard – they must see us grind.

If we want our children to read more – they must see us reading.

If we want our children to be punctual and on time – we must always be on time, too.

If we want our children to communicate without anger, hostility, and horrible body language – we must model this behavior when we speak to them, and everyone else in our life.

In all aspects, we must model the behavior we want to see in our children. There is an old saying, “The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree.” This saying often rings true because children model their behavior after their parents. Behavior is not genetic – it is learned.

Our children are always watching us… How we work, how we speak, how we deal. With this in mind, we must practice what we preach.

 

Maurice Guest Jr., is an education administrator in Little Rock, Arkansas.

The True Reasons Teens Skip School

The Three Main Reasons Teenagers Skip School:

  • Sex
  • Drugs
  • Alcohol

When students skip school, it’s probably not to play video games or go to the library. Moreover, your child probably didn’t skip school because they are victims of bullying.

If your child’s reason is not sex, drugs, or alcohol, be VERY skeptical of their excuse.

Brutal Truth.

 

Maurice Guest Jr., is an education administrator in Little Rock, Arkansas.