Tuesday, April 21, 2015
A High School Prepper Club
When I was 23, I did a year of student teaching and could not wait to get into my own classroom
Now at 54, I have 30 years under my belt and my career is as fresh now as it was then.
I have my years in, so I could retire, but I see no need to do so.
I am as invigorated today about being a teacher as I was 31 years ago.
My experience has given me wisdom, but my hatred of complacency has kept me alive.
I have six more years to go before my daughter graduates from high school, which will make me 60.
I’m putting in excess years, but I am OK with that.
I plan to teach for as long as I feel invigorated and know that I am making a positive impact on students.
Currently the data shows I am effective, the minute it shows otherwise, I’m gone.
I love learning and I love to learn. Every day is new to me.
At my school, a friend and I plan to institute an emergency readiness club.
Don’t say doomsday.
Don’t say prepper.
Readiness is common sense.
Readiness is prudent.
Readiness is a virtue.
There are a LOT of students who wisely know they need to be ready against the possible threats that could disrupt their lives.
As a trusted teacher, I think I can help them in their search.
I am not bragging when I say I have earned a legacy.
I have worked hard to be a teacher who gave twice his salary in effort for the price of one salary.
I despise teachers who do not give their all. I am important because I can teach. I teach en loco parentis and each of my students I treat as my own child.
I’ve always believed in value…and in values.
I am unabashedly old-fashioned in my values.
Students today are hungry for values as they grapple with the amorphous world they face. They want old-fashioned bottom lines that empower rather than diminish them. They want sane guidelines that give a framework for progressing in the world.
In short, the future is safe. They get that there is a challenge.
I plan to enhance my legacy through service.
The club that a buddy and I are planning will be a part of my legacy and I do not say that with greed, but with humility.
My students love and trust me and I am willing to meet that love and trust with a challenge.
Let’s learn to prepare.
If I can be a positive influence for the goal of preparedness, based on the trust that students place in me, then I assure you I will return well on their investment.
In me they will see a non-Mormon prepper—I’m Catholic—who advocates common sense readiness skills.
I bring up Mormons because, to many, Mormons are crazy for their “prepperness” ways.
Mormons are not crazy.
The club members will see me standing next to a Mormon man who has made it his mission to make his entire family ready for a crisis.
He is a good man and father, as am I.
My goal is not to indoctrinate because I hate that.
My goal is to lead by example.
My goal is to leave students with more than how to write a competent essay.
Long after I am gone, I want students to remember me as voice of reason and common sense in a world fraught with ambiguity.
Every prepper has a calling to educate.
Figure out how you can facilitate learning and share your wisdom.