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Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Most Important Education Lesson For Children is Not From the Government

What is the most important lesson children can learn?

It's not from the Department of Education, Bill Gates, Common Core standards or mandated by David Coleman and the CCSSO.

It's not from mandates costing billions of dollars and has zero to do with becoming globally competitive or a global citizen.

It's not being assessed once every three weeks and having to have a computer to figure out if not if child understands the content of the material, but rather the "process".

Here is a story of a young man who understands what differentiates a human being from a commodity.  Don't you wish the "reformers" hell bent on remaking people into capital would teach the lesson Conner and Cayden Long teach others?

Conner and Cayden know they are more than a data set for a managed workforce.  Existing for the government is not the ultimate goal in their lives.

Be sure to watch the video to the end.

From Sports Illustrated Kids:

What if someone you loved couldn’t play sports? He or she couldn’t feel what it’s like to catch a pop fly, see a shot hit the back of a soccer net, or cross a finish line.

Conner Long is nine years old. His little brother Cayden is seven. But Cayden can’t do a lot of things his big brother can do. At four months old, Cayden was diagnosed with a condition called hypertonic cerebral palsy, which leaves him unable to walk or talk on his own. Playing sports is a great way for brothers to bond, but it seemed to be out of the question for the Longs — until Conner had an idea.

A year and a half ago, he and Cayden started participating in triathlons together. Conner swims while pulling Cayden in a raft, bikes with his little brother towed behind him in a trailer, and pushes that trailer when they run. Over the past 18 months, the pair from White House, Tennessee, traveled up and down the East coast to compete in races. Seeing the brothers working together has inspired onlookers, while bringing Conner and Cayden closer than ever. Their amazing determination and spirit is why the Long brothers are the 2012 Sports Illustrated Kids SportsKids of the Year.

....Conner’s ultimate goal is to one day race with Cayden in Kona, Hawaii, at the Ironman World Championships. Kona is where the best in the world compete. It’s a grueling race, a 2.4-mile open water swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and finally a 26.2-mile marathon run. No one has ever finished the course in less than eight hours.

By the time they’re old enough to compete at Kona, Cayden would be a grown man. Is it even possible? Of course. It will take years of hard work and sacrifice. But the Long Brothers each have one good reason to work towards that dream: each other.

Read more here.

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