picked up a copy of The Stanford Daily on the train on May 1st. Daniel
Hsia, a major in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, referred in his
column to The Tipping Point, a book by Malcolm Gladwell. The subtitle of
Gladwell’s book offers valuable information: How Little Things Can Make a
Gladwell has made a study of significant changes that result when influential
people change the way they approach problems. One of Hsia’s examples was the
significant decrease in violent crime after the New York City Transit Authority
instituted a serious campaign to rid the subways of graffiti.
thankful to Hsia for these lessons he taught me in his column, and I pass them
on to you:
roles of teacher and student are interchangeable.
have set things up so that older people are predominantly teachers, while
younger people are their students. It is possible, however, for things to work
the other way around. Let’s be open to ways that our younger people can teach
us lessons that we need to learn. What have you learned from a younger person
open to alternative sources for information.
used to listening to the same radio programs, watching the same televised news
reports, and reading the same periodicals for information. But why not shake
things up and get a fresh perspective by listening to a different talk show host
or reading a different periodical?
It’s valuable to have confirmation that we are on the right path.
believe that the greatest difference in children’s learning will be made when
parents get involved on two levels: their personal education of the children
within the family life and the care for making the school a better place in
which all children learn.
Parents are the most influential people in their children’s lives! Think of
all the positive changes that can take place when these adults decide to focus
their actions in this direction. The confirmation of my own theory gives me
additional strength to continue my writing and speaking out on this issue.