Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Just Doing What is Right...

I just watched the most amazing story of compassion and kindness that I want to share: Amazing Softball Story. It is about a girl who hits her first and last homerun of her college career and gets injured before she can run the bases when opposing team members pick her up and carry her around the bases. This causes the opposing team to lose the game and conference. They did it because it was the right thing to do. I just hope that I do the right thing when a situation where I have to make the tough decision presents itself to me.



I remember growing up and having classroom discussions about moral dilemmas. What would I do if I found a wallet full of money? What would I do if…? These were great discussions and my teacher gently guided us into thinking about what is the right thing to do.

In today’s society, I feel it is important to have more of these kinds of discussions in the classroom. Maybe it is called character education or some official name but whatever we call it, it is time to start these conversations. I think it would make a great Voicethread where a picture could be shown of the dilemma, and have each student respond about what the right thing to do would be. Students could write a skit and role play how they would do the right thing. At first, students will shout out or say what they would do which could be inappropriate so it would be important that you only want to discuss what the right thing to do would be. In order to do this, have them imagine them as the person with the problem. How would they want someone to act then? This puts a different light onto if they are the one who lost the wallet or needs help. My parents would always say that I would see things differently if I walked in someone else’s shoes and I try to do that when I’m faced with a difficult situation.

We practice fire drills and tornado drills so why not practice this kind of behavior? If we don’t model the behavior or practice it, how will students know how to do the right thing? I don’t think the softball players learned this behavior suddenly at that moment. I believe that someone modeled this behavior over the years. It took guts to do the right thing even if it meant that they would lose the game. They didn’t have to do this and could have let the umpire and coach resolve the situation but they saw a solution and acted on it. It doesn’t seem like they went to their own coach to ask his permission or discussed it as a team and it wasn’t debated because they knew this was the right thing to do.

As I see all these movies and TV shows that influence young people about violence, profanity, and disrespect, I feel we should use examples like this to influence them in a positive way. I see these softball players as true heroes. I wonder how many other heroes do we have in our classrooms.

6 comments:

Stephen said...

Great story. I posted it on my cross country wiki. Thanks for the tip.

Clix said...

Oo! Check out this week's Carnival of Education over at The Education Wonks. The post about the student who won a race but was disqualified reminded me of this story.

loonyhiker said...

Stephen: Glad you liked it. I really think it was a great story to share.

loonyhiker said...

Clix: I can't wait to check it out. I love these kinds of stories because it gives me hope for the future.

kidd said...

This is a very emotional video but shows great character of those girls. It would be a fabulous video to show to classroom students. A lot of people would do anything to win a game and these girls showed that there are more important things than winning. Children need to realize that they need to do the right thing whether it is a popular choice or not. I would like to believe that others would do what these girls did but that doesn’t always happen. I loved your idea about doing a voicethread with a picture and having students record what they would do in that situation. We need to constantly talk about doing the right thing in school because it builds an important platform for them to build upon. People can say they would do the right thing when faced with a choice but no one knows how they will respond unless they are actually faced with a situation.

loonyhiker said...

kidd: Thank you for such great comments. I hope to think if I'm ever in a difficult situation that I do what is right and not just self serving. But I hope I never have to find out.