I am not going to talk about choice today, though I said I would; actually I am, but in a different way than I had planned. I will probably continue on the theme tomorrow.
Here is a video done by Dave Eggers about a way to express our faith in our schools, and more importantly, in the kids in our communities.
Watch the video please, if you have time...it is about 20 minutes. He is DESPERATELY nervous at first, but is a good speaker. More importantly, he has great things to say.
Here's a link to the video, and below is the embedded version.
You don't have to do all that he has done, you may not be able to do any of what he is done, you may not be able to do anything at all, but please think about what maybe you could do. If you can put together the sort of commitment he has, I'll stand up and applaud, I'll lend whatever help I can from way over here.
Even if you can't, offer what you have. Go to your local school and see if you can help. Help a kid in your neighbourhood. Whatever you can offer. I am, in a minor way, doing a very little bit, I have four people that I am helping with English in a formal way..three are trades, they help me with Catalan as well, and one is just plain old help. She comes over in the evening while I am helping my kids with their homework too. It used to be five, but now she is a friend and it doesn't really count anymore.
It isn't onerous, and it makes a better and stronger community. I've made friends, and met people I otherwise wouldn't as a result of it.
It's a choice we can make for our community and the kids in our community, to make it a better place for us all.