Reputations – businesses thrive or die by it. The Proverbs teach that a good name is worth far more than riches. They also teach that people tend to remember unpleasant things rather than the good things people have done with their lives.
When I started Lawton Academy of Arts & Sciences, I was relying upon my reputation to bring me students. I had no financial backing, no government grants, and I wasn’t making any income other than my teacher’s retirement, which turned out to be far less than I expected. Thank goodness my reputation did bring me eleven students, and thus began our academy seventeen or so years ago.
My students have always heard me teach them that a good community reputation is very important. When they worked with me in establishing that, local businesses and places of interest welcomed us back. I am happy to say that I have been proud of the standard my students achieved all these almost fifty years I have been teaching. It certainly opened a lot of doors for us.
I am dismayed at the presidential campaigning right now. I wonder what impact this will have upon the thinking of our students. Just Friday, one of my first graders was playing a game of skill with our class. He had to try to roll a marble onto a small circle drawn on a mat. When his marble made a sudden turn with a crease in the mat, he exclaimed, “Wow! That was a Donald Trump move!” I dared not ask why the remark, but the whole class found it to be funny. I wonder just how much these six-year-olds have heard on the news!