I attended a conference today called, ”Diversity Exchange:Learning from One Another.” The keynote speaker was supposed to be Reginald Weaver, former NEA president,but unfortunately he is ill. Merwyn Scott, did a good job standing in for Mr.Weaver at the last-minute.
Something Mr.Scott said, as he shared his thoughts, stood out to me. He said that when he was young he was a “coaster”, he did just enough to get by. He was dormant, sitting in the soil, going nowhere, not growing. His parents kept at him, did not give up, but he had his own plan for how things should be.
Fortunately for him, throughout his school years, he ran across “seed planters”, teachers who were interested in his germination. They ‘watered’ him, provided nourishment, and allowed him to grow, to flourish in the light, which made him the person he is today. He called out each of their names, recalling each teacher that helped him to grow. Each one