teaching them to accept each other, and to accept themselves. This is so important in today’s world. We fight the bullying battle every day. Teacher’s try all they can, well some teachers do, I only wish I could say all teachers do.
I have been a fan of Wil Wheaton since I first saw Star Trek: The Next Generation (I didn’t see Stand by Me until years later, no idea why). A few years ago I discovered his blog and started following him. Just a few days ago he posted a blog about Dealing With Bullies and Having Empathy, in the post was a video of him responding to a little girl at a con about what he did when he was bullied as a kid for being a nerd. I absolutely loved his answer. I think everyone should watch the video.
It also reminded me of a post he had made a while back: Wil, at the request of a new mother, speaking to her daughter explaining why it’s awesome to be a nerd. Again I just love this and one reason is that I love that the way he explains it says anyone can be a called a nerd, that being a nerd is about how you love something and not what you love, so there can be sports nerd, theater nerds, movie nerds, scifi nerds, well you get the point. Here is a transcription of the video. This would be well worth printing and putting up on a wall for all to see. And here is a picture you can do just that with:
This is a reminder to me though that I need to look at each child that comes through my classroom door, recognize and accept them for who they are, and help my students accept one another for who they are. Liking different things is what makes us individuals, if everyone was the same and liked exactly the same thing life would be pretty dang boring and no one would be special. Remember Emmett tries so hard to fit in and be exactly like everyone else in The Lego Movie that no one remembers him or thinks that he’s anything special. There was nothing about him that was uniquely Emmett. We should celebrate our differences as well as our similarities. I have three best friends that I’ve had for 20+ years, we have a lot in common but each of us has things we like that they others don’t but that makes things interesting.