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What Matters Most is Not That We Have Differences But How We Choose to Resolve Them

In October New Jersey schools celebrate Week Of Respect. Schools are a community and times have changed.

Last week we celebrated Week of Respect. To me it seems a bit odd to formally announce a week for this; I believe every week should share this title. During this time we featured activities and special events for our faculty and students. Student groups led some programs while others were led by outside presenters. Both brought strong messages that resonated with our school population on a number of levels. It is much different being a kid in 2012 then it was when I was in high school. Many times people comment that times have changed so much, or “folks are too sensitive.” Having met with kids who have been hurt by comments and actions, I am glad times have changed and I welcome the change.

What matters most is education and intervention. All the new laws and rules are meaningless if we do not provide tools and guidance for our kids. Teens make mistakes and our job is to continue to work together with students and their families to help them along the way. RBR is a microcosm of the real world. We are a community. In all communities there are arguments and there are conflicts. Just like a family, we are not perfect. What is important is not that we have differences, but how we choose to resolve them and that we resolve them. Mindfully and graciously. rclay@rbrhs.org Follow me on Twitter@PrincipalClay

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