50th Anniversary of MLK's Assassination

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By Cheryl Coleman

Dr. Martin Luther king, Jr. had so many inspiring quotes and speeches. Many of you might not have heard I have one in particular that I love:

"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically... Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Teaching critical thinking as Dr. King expressed above is the goal of education. This quote highlights the true purpose of education. It also emphasizes why it is important that our children be taught character skills not just at home but also in schools. They need these critical skills to be successful in life. Don’t get me wrong; 90% of these skills must be taught at home and schools should reinforce these basic character traits.

Schools focus on teaching the basic education skills such as reading, writing, and math, for education to have a long lasting impact, school should also reinforce and teach respect and responsibility.  These are a few of the important character traits that will provide students with the necessary life skills.

Our children don’t know how to process situations, think critically, and make good judgement on their own; teachers and parents have to work together to help children build these skills. My daughter has to develop the ability to think clearly and make rational decisions about what she believes in.. I remind her that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. marched for us to get a great education. He let us know that all people are created equal and you can be successful in life if you truly believe in yourself and work hard.