“Never, ever ever ever ever give up.” ― Winston Churchill
I’ve always had great respect for the tenacity that Sir Winston Churchill displayed even when the world around him literally seemed to be falling apart. I believe that great educators possess the very same secret sauce as Churchill. Churchill knew that the future of the free world was on the line and he refused to accept defeat. We must possess the same inner strength as we embark on our 2016-2017 adventure.
Have you ever given up on a student? Most of us immediately shutter and say no. Now, reflect more deeply and honestly. Have you ever given up on a family of one of your students? Have you ever given up on the ability of a student to master a concept? Have you ever given up on the ability of a student to learn at the highest level? Have you allowed a student to give up? The truth can often be hard and difficult to admit.
I encourage you to print this Churchill quote and display it on your classroom or office wall this year. Our credo as educators must be to never give up on our students and perhaps more importantly never allow them to give up. Churchill not only refused to give up, but also would not accept the faintest notion of surrender from all those he led. His tenacity spread to all of England and beyond to the Allied forces. Consider how your tenacity may spread to your teachers and students this year. The cost is their future and we must “never, ever ever ever ever give up”.