Posts Tagged ‘core values’

by Maddie D. – 8th Grade

Ever heard the expression “The elephant in the room”? It means that something important or big is there, but we all choose to ignore it; to pretend like it’s not there.

Well there’s an elephant in the halls of our school. It’s how we treat each other. We all know we do it, and we all know it’s wrong. Well if we are told over and over again that we need to change our behavior, then why do we choose to ignore it? We all seem like ignorant, lazy people if we don’t even attempt to fix our behavior. Dr. Michael Fowlin’s assembly was a wake up call for me. It opened my eyes to the difference between the way we act towards eachother and the way we should act towards eachother.

FowlinDr. Michael Fowlin’s assembly was extremely influencial. The reason that it impacted me so much was that it was so raw and true. He didn’t hold back at all. He approached our problems head-on and tied in his own personal struggles. However, the thing that I appreciated the most was the fact that he took on problems from at least six different perspectives. Each one of them had completley different personalities, situations, problems, and characteristics. He took on the roles of a six year old boy, a gay football player, a teenage girl, an “emo” young adult, and more. Despite their differences, they all had one thing in common; they had problems that were made worse and even caused by the people around them. Everything that Dr. Michael Fowlin did was shocking, but in a good way.

Dr. Michael Fowlin wasn’t afraid to accuse us of what we all know we do, which was shocking. Every other assembly or activity on this subject didn’t change me at all. It just repeated what we’ve all heard before. I especially liked how he compared us to different types of animals. It painted a picture in my mind, and frankly, was spot-on. When he compared us to zebras, it was almost funny how right he was. The other comparison I liked was the moth. The whole idea of constantly trying to find the light, no matter how much time you have, made me want to work harder in school and life in general.

Another thing I liked was when he came right out and said that at least four people in the audience didn’t get told they were beautiful. It only instantly proved him right when he said that there were kids in this school that were dealing with hard times.

Dr. Michael Fowlin is exactly the type of person I want to be. He is honest, bold, and uses the pain and suffering he lived through to impact the lives of hundreds of people. That is the light I want to reach in my life.

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by Mr. Goldstein

On Tuesday, February 23, 2010 the Parker school community had the privilege of being visited by Dr. Michael Fowlin, an acclaimed psychologist, poet and actor. Dr. Fowlin spoke to the students and staff about the very serious issues of race, discrimination and violence in schools. His message was one of tolerance and understanding, both of which are central to our community’s core values. He used a poignant mix of humor and realism to bring attention to the way that we as a society too often focus on our differences and not on how we are alike. Dr. Fowlin challenged us to recognize the good in each other and to stand against discrimination, intolerance and bullying in our lives. Please join us in making Parker a positive, caring and compassionate community. Remember, as Dr. Fowlin would say, you are beautiful!

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