June and I arrived in Berlin, Ohio with anticipation of returning to a simpler form of life.
The area and adjacent counties are home to a very large Amish community. The country side has many working farms and is also the home of numerous industrial corporations operated and staffed by Amish individuals. The most prominent and visible change to this idyllic community is noticed in the local restaurants and businesses where Amish girls are employed. (Most of the boys are working in the factories or on the farm) The girls wear dresses and their etiquette and politeness is refreshing. Everything is in the natural order without artificial enhancements. This is equally true of the community where wholesomeness and order permeates both the town and the local countryside……..Behavior is learned therefore it can be taught.
Switch with me to a local high school in Nashville, Tennessee where during the last period of the day students are placed into teams with a senior class member serving as the leader of the team. Their task is to clean the building in preparation for the following day of classes. The school employs no housekeeping personnel. After an athletic event the students can be seen picking up debris and other items and placing it into large trash cans. A visitor to the school would be immediately impressed with the cleanliness and order of the campus. Students take pride. Behavior is learned therefore it can be taught.
Now switch with me to the nightly news which is highlighting the city of Baltimore where 2.5 Billion dollars have been spent in the last several years in an attempt to rehabilitate a population that has become dependent upon society. A local councilman addresses the issue by placing the blame on 400 years of racism. When interviewed, a pastor indicates more federal funds are needed. To add fuel to the fire, all of the problems have existed for years. However, the reporter left no question the present conditions were the result of the President of the United States. A behavior that is positively reinforced will repeat itself.
Two outstanding football quarterbacks were recently in the news. One for kneeling during the playing of the National Anthem at the beginning of the football game. The second for kneeling at the conclusion of a game to thank God for His blessings. The first was awarded a one million dollar contract by the Nike Company. The second did not receive any recognition. A behavior that is positively reinforced will repeat itself.
Society, grandparents, parents…….and what will they be doing when they grow old. They will be doing what we have taught them and what behaviors we have positively reinforced. Above all remember………Values taught are free .
Your wisdom and insight impact me today as much as they did when you were my Head of School. Thank you for never forgetting that the power of life and death is in the tongue. . .whether written or spoken. . .and doing both with eloquence and
dignity. Miss you and Mrs. June more than you could possibly know!! Abundant Joy and Blessings To You!! J💖Y