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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Teaching Civility in Uncivil Times: A Parent's Role

From Kanye to Congress, the notion of civility seems to be getting a ton of attention in the national spotlight and for some reason gets a little lost in translation these days.

Next week, renowned speaker Dr. Adolph Brown will spend some time with the District's middle school students in a special presentation entitled "Character Counts."

Dr. Brown (pictured at right with Asst. Supt. of Communications, Terry Morawski) will address themes of trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and civility for the middle school students.

On Tuesday, October 6, he will provide an opportunity for parents to listen to what they can do to help in a program entitled, "Teaching Civility in Uncivil Times: A Parent's Role."

We invite the MISD community to attend this special presentation at the Willie Pigg Auditorium.

Schedule for Middle School Assemblies
October 5-7, 2009

Monday, October 5
9:30 - 11:00 AM Coble MS
1:30 - 3:00 PM Howard MS

Tuesday, October 6
9:30 - 11:00 AM, Wester MS
1:30 - 3:00 PM, Jones MS

7:00 - 8:30 PM

Willie Pigg Auditorium

Wednesday, October 7
9:30 - 11:00 AM, Worley MS
1:30 - 3:00 PM, Jobe MS

We want to know what you think. What do you think parents (and perhaps the greater community) can do to help foster civility? Do you think this is even a problem? The comments are yours.

MISD has invited Dr. Adolph Brown to provide presentations and speeches for a few years for staff, high school, and middle school students.


Anonymous said...

It would be great if there were a web cast of that as well so that parents and general community members could see it should their schedules conflict with the times provided.

Communications Department said...

That is a very good idea. Thank you for sharing. Unfortunately due to contractual obligations the speech cannot be video-taped and broadcast. We encourage parents the community to attend this event as schedules permit.

Anonymous said...

I have heard Dr. Brown in FWISD. He is absolutely AWESOME!!! I'm glad to know that MISD sees great talent for students and parents.

Anonymous said...

I have heard Dr. Brown twice and he is awesome! I hope parents will attend, because they won't regret it. In fact, parents and students will learn something. He has a great personality and is a great communicator.

Anonymous said...

Yes, this is absolutely necessary! Considering there have been two fights in my daughter's sixth grade in the past two weeks. This has never been a problem before, and it is hindering the learning environment. It is a very frustrating lesson for children to learn when everyone is punished for a few students actions, but it is a necessary "learning of a life lesson" process. Where are the children learning these agressive behaviors? They only model what they see parents do or continuous viewing of violence on TV. Where is all the aggression coming from? Of course, the people who really need this probably won't attend, but I am glad the district is offering this.

Anonymous said...

Maybe the principals of the intermediate schools should attend. It seems our separate our teams at recess --- one block has grass one day why the other has blacktop. Wouldn't it be wonderful if the could allow the children some freedom during the day.

Anonymous said...

My son came home and told me all about Mr. Brown. It gets frustrating for me as I am a single mom and work two jobs so I don't get a chance to go to meetings etc. It would be nice to have some sort of back up in order to get the information. However, I am glad that my son got to hear it and I can still get some information from him.