About My Classroom

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The Buddha came down from the mountain,
The wise man asked, “Are you a god?”
“Are you a man?”
The Buddha said, “I am Awake.”

In the end, this is what it’s all about. Are we really awake to the events of this world? Do we get it; our role in the world, out on the street with our friends, at home with our families, or sitting at these desks at Oakridge High School? Are we really awake? You and me? If we are, then the obvious next step, “Is what do we plan to do about it?” What role will we play in making this a better planet? How do we insure that we take on the responsibilities that being a citizen in the richest country on the face of the planet in the history of the world, entails. What does that mean? To you and to me?

For me it means that I provide an environment in this classroom where everybody has the opportunity to succeed. I’ll do my best to present a curriculum where you are inspired to seek the truth, wherever that route may lead. I will make sure that you are intellectually challenged. I intend to force you to stretch your parameters – to think past the limits of how you thought before. I will try to foster discussion and to provide you assignments that will force you to bring your thinking, whatever the class, into the real world. I will also be available every night after school and by phone at home for you to help insure that if you really want to succeed, you have that chance.

Your responsibility also stretches beyond your individual needs. The key to learning is to listen. For that to happen everybody in this classroom, must feel free to share their opinions without inhibition. However, that “freedom of expression” comes at a cost. You absolutely must respect others rights to learn; to think and to talk and to share whatever they feel necessary to explore the issues of the day.  If you do not intend to follow that directive, please stay home.

Finally, each of us must take our studies outside of this classroom and carry our wakefulness into action. Because we live in a nation that has such an influence in all corners of the globe, we have a responsibility to learn all that we can about the world. We have an obligation to seek the truth and to act on it. In this nation, with free public education, you can go and be and do whatever you truly desire. Don’t take that opportunity lightly. Most teens living in the world today go to bed at night hungry. Many live under the constant watch of death and disease and war. They don’t have all the wonderful opportunities and great responsibilities that await you.

With that in mind…our responsibility is great.  Our best effort is needed to improve this planet both at home and abroad.  We will not waste time on drama that leads in any other direction.

So, welcome.  Good luck.   Our task is significant. The possibilities endless. And the time is definitely now.

Salamou Alaykoum

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