The Dignity for All Students Act reminds us of the importance of treating all students with Dignity: making sure that student to student as well as adult to student interactions are positive and supportive. It confers the message that who you are and what you believe is respected. Isn’t that what all of us want, desire, and need. We have difficulty functioning in our families, at work, and in society without dignity and yet we experience this lack of respect all around us. So now, our law must see to it that all classes of students will receive the respect they want and deserve in the school setting – bus, athletic fields, school sponsored events, and the school building.
So, as we begin this new school year, let’s remind ourselves that teaching dignity is essential for the well-being of our students, not only directly, but for our future society as a whole. We want to excel in our environments knowing that who we are and what we believe will be respected.
Our rewards in life will always be in exact proportion to the amount of consideration we show toward others. Earl Nightingale
Penny S. Williams
Youth Development Coordinator