Tuesday, 27 February 2007

"Our lives are not determined by what happens to us but by how we react to what happens, not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst…a spark that creates extraordinary results."
Antoni Hadi

I don't know if you saw Estelle Morris' 'Opinion' piece in the Guardian today but it is worth reading...

"When we talk about chaotic families or the breakdown of some communities, we rightly look to schools to solve them. Whether we are worrying about drug use, underage sex, obesity, alcohol or poor parenting someone will always ask what schools are doing about it. Esssentially we are asking schools to do the job of families and communities as well as their own.

There is no holy grail, no magic solution yet to be found to all this. The answers are there, in the system. There are already successful initiatives in our schools and in voluntary organisations. We must find them and invest heavily in them. If mentors have worked, employ more; if small classes help, do that; if it's an alternative curriculum that's proved to be successful, go for it.

Schools are the solution, they are not the problem, but we will need to be much more determined to find their successes and back them up."

I am sure we all agree.

P.S. You can read the whole article at the Guardian's website http://www.guardian.co.uk

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