EDITORIAL: Students get ‘A’ for social responsibility

EDITORIAL: Students get ‘A’ for social responsibility


It’s refreshing to see students learning so much more than academics these days.

Us “old school” geezers can only remember the “golden” rules and the leather strap hanging in the principal’s office.

We never had therapy dogs to calm our anxieties because dogs weren’t allowed in schools. And we rarely, if ever, raised money for the less fortunate or sent anything to help children in developing countries.

We were never taught “core competencies” such as personal awareness or empathy. If you were unkind to another student, you were marched to the principal’s office and dealt with accordingly.

That’s why it’s so nice to see our children being taught a lot of compassion and understanding for others. In many cases this is more important that being on the honour roll or being the top athletic student.

For example, look what Liane Jurcic’s class is doing at Tuc-el-Nuit Elementary School – saving eight people for every battery they collect and send to a developing country (see story on page 3).

And students at Oliver Elementary School always seem to be involved in a philanthropic effort to help the less fortunate, such as orphans.

The school even has a therapy dog helping pupils with anxiety.

Senpaqcin school is doing a lot to help students identify with their cultural heritage and feel proud of who they are and what they are doing.

Students who leave school with the fundamentals and compassion for others will truly make a difference, particularly when there is so much social crisis in the world.

Sure, it’s great to have an “A” in math, but we think it’s inspiring to have top marks in social responsibility and kindness.

Bottom photo shows OES fundraiser for Tanzania. From left: Lily-Rose Schumyn, Havanna Stelzner, Nevaeh Carter and Ashwin Stelzner.


Lyonel Doherty
Oliver Chronicle