Who Will Teach Our Children?
"If we do not teach our children
that opinions dont matter, but what we are does
Someone will teach them bitterness toward others opinions.
If we do not teach our children to respect authority,
Someone will teach them that children are the authority.
If we do not care enough to tell our children when they are wrong,
Someone will tell them that ANYTHING goes.
If we do not teach our children responsibility for their actions,
Someone will teach them to blame others and exonerate themselves.
If we do not teach our children that life can be hard, but can make us strong,
Someone will teach our children to expect what cannot be
and to despair when it is not.
If we do not love our children enough to know where
they are and what they do,
Someone will take them places and show them things
they should not know.
If we do not teach history with its villains and its heroes,
Someone will make the villains heroes and the heroes villains.
If we do not teach our children that humans are not animals, but souls,
Someone will teach them that human life has no value.
America, if we do not teach our children
Someone will teach our children that America should be no more."
- Cheryl Cox