With little granddaughters, and one starting school this year, I frequently think about Robert Fulghum's classic little piece entitled "All I Really Need to Know I Learned In Kindergarten". As pupils or parents, it is good to be reminded of some of his observations: --play fair --don't hit people --put things back where you found them --clean up your own mess --don't take things that aren't yours --say you're sorry when you hurt somebody --wash your hands before you eat --flush --warm cookies and cold milk are good for you --when you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together
While not inclusive of all of Fulghum's virtues, it is clearly representative…and Pop, as our seven little granddaughters call me, might add a few more…
--don't always color in the lines because life is not that way --treat others like you want to be treated --be respectful, most of all when you disagree --say "thank you" and "please"
Let's also teach our children that some things are not negotiable…and that tolerance may be the enemy of accountability.