Take the Quiz on Making an Impact

Posted by on October 6, 2012 1:20 am
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“1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America.
4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
6. Name the last decade’s worth of World Series winners.

How did you do? The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners .

Here’s another quiz. See how you do on this one:
1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
3 Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with .

Easier? The lesson: The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that care.”
― Charles Schultze

I just met a school parent and her future student at our local farmer’s market in town. Great to meet people that you have influenced in a positive way. Whether it is your home, your neighborhood, your church, or your school, you want the people there to impact your life. A while back I posted a blog about our spending on Education in the U.S. Several teachers and I were talking about (computer) classrooms and educational trends. One article I read was in The Economist, with a chart placing the increase in education spending since the year 2000 in the United States at just .3 percent. Education budgets may be in for some very lean years ahead. No pay raises, few building improvements in many districts, and class sizes will begin rising instead of falling. Is this due to the economic “crisis” or was this trend beginning in earlier years? In school or elsewhere, I hope you and your family are making an impact.

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