Protecting what is important

Published 7:04pm Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Distinguished and set apart are the people who work to protect and bless other people’s treasures.We are encouraged to continue to uplift those in the community who work to protect our treasures and to promote excellence at all levels of our educational system.

I have always been fascinated with trainers’ abilities to control animals, especially how a dog can be trained to watch or protect a bone regardless of the circumstances. These watch dogs are meant to fearlessly guard against other intruders who come to devour their bones. Remember, a bone is a dog’s most cherished delicacy. It is a treasure to the dogs that possess them.

Their owners normally reprimand watchdogs that mishandle their bones. While this piece is not about dog bones or their importance; it is about establishing it is unwise for those who handle our treasures to mistreat them, and that those who do must be held accountable, like a waitress would be held accountable for tasting something from a customer’s order.

All of us have treasures, like school-aged-children, that we expect others to help us with while they’re in school. Yes; the community’s heart is in the school system simply because her treasures are there.

For the times when problems occur while handling those treasures, transparent reprimand is necessary, and unavoidable. It is not acceptable for those in charge to pretend that all is fine because they do not want others to recognize or emphasize improper treatment or care. Even if the bad waitress is replaced temporarily or permanently, still, the day-to-day operation managers have the responsibility to conduct an examination into what led to the despicable action, and solve the problem internally before a higher authority interferes. If a higher authority does eventually interfere, those in charge should explain how he or she is looking into the case or intend to seek the help of an impartial reviewer with more expertise.

If no significant outcomes ensue from the manger dealing with the problem, there is no doubt that those in higher authority will have to step in to solve the problem before things become worse.

The same is true in our school system. We must respect those in charge, and work to improve the school systems in any way possible, whether the improvement is handled internally or with outside help. On a personal level, I know some school officials who positively mentor and help these students regularly; they deserve our support as they continue emphasizing to mentees that violence is absolutely degrading, while peace and respect for self and others are indispensably uplifting for all.

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