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Children need love and kindness to learn

Dec 6, 2017 by

Randy Speck –

In the 2011 movie “Moneyball,” Brad Pitt plays the Oakland A’s baseball general manager Billy Beane who realizes his team will need to change how they “do business” in order to be competitive in an ever changing “baseball” world. He challenges the norm and eventually gets people to look at the real problem. There are rich teams and there are poor teams, and as is quoted in the movie, “There are 50 layers of crap and then there is us.” For children in poverty, there may not be a better quote to describe their situation.

It has long been said that poverty is a real issue that we need to tackle. But the question becomes, how do we actually educate kids who come from poorer backgrounds, and more importantly, are we willing to?

There are the basic needs that everyone has: food, clothing and shelter. But two needs that are often overlooked are love and a sense of belonging. We all want and need to be important to someone. And if we are ever going to really look at how to address teaching children in poverty, one way is to begin with the notion that every child deserves to be loved and to be accepted. Every child!

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