TFA – Elijah Miles Inspirational Speech

I’m just going to drop this right here

and let YOU take it in…

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*Another facebook snatch, thank you to whoever I got this from*

Notes:

Elijah’s classmates only wanted better for themselves and their families. What happened to paying it forward, and giving back?

There are no role models in their neighborhoods right now. All of the “successful” people leave the community and never return. They’re taught to leave the community.

When will be begin to combat the selfishnesses WE ALL have been taught and unconsciously display?

What is the common thread between Mother Theresa, Ghandi, and MLK Jr?
They all had an extreme love for people and fought for them even when they didn’t want their help.

Allow our students/mentees/family/friends to be angry, BUT direct their anger to the fact that someone taught them it was ok to behave like that (hurting other people). Direct their anger to the fact that someone taught them that its ok to think that it’s every man for themselves.

The people that put them (us) down, were put down. The people that hurt them (us), were hurt. When are we (you) going to take personal responsibility to change this?

I’ma change that! You need to too!

Teachers, instead of making sellouts, we need to realize that we’re the main people who can change the community, by building its leaders. Yes academically, but more-so spiritually, socially, and emotionally.

The world doesnt have to be every (wo)man for themselves. We can have everyone fighting together and set on one goal. That goal is to make our communities better for the people coming up after us.

Teachers job is of extreme importance. Are you sure you know and are pushing for the full scope?

It’s bigger than me, it’s not about me. But I can change that.

Elijah:

I believe in you

Have hope

Be determined

And don’t give up

Tags: Video, education, Teachers, Teach For America, Baltimore, Elijah Miles, Higher Education, Public Education, Teaching

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