Thursday, May 29, 2014

Quote-A-Day: Day 149

Never allow your voice to be extinguished. Everyone speaks words that matter.

With the passing of Dr. Maya Angelou, I got to thinking about the importance of voice, and how necessary it is for everyone to feel like they have one.

I was listening this morning to a report on NPR where Dr. Angelou shared her reasons behind her six years of silence, and how, for a young woman, the truth can just as devastating as a lie.

No one should ever be punished for speaking the truth, nor should anyone feel as if they are to be blamed simply because they speak out against an injustice.  Our school systems have come a long way in this area, but there is still much room to grow.

We need to encourage learner voice, and whether student or adult, everyone needs to feel as if their voices are heard and listened to.

By encouraging others to speak and to speak freely, we can make sure that the information we get is at all times honest, and just as importantly, is meant to make things better for everyone.

At the same time, we need to speak freely as well, and be transparent with the information we share.  Everyone likes to feel like they are important enough to merit the big picture.

And guess what?

Everyone is important enough to hear it all.

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