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By: Dr. Katherine Albrecht, Ed.D.

Fort Fairfield Journal, January 27, 2010

I've been a teacher for as long as I can remember. I had my first tutoring gig at the age of 15, actually teaching Spanish. I had just gotten back from living in Mexico for a year and got a job at a local tutoring agency - they probably thought I was in my early 20's because I started college right around then, too. I have been tutoring as long as I can remember, working with young people since I was a young person - when I was 15, posing as 22 working at that tutoring agency. The people I was tutoring were in some cases older than I was. So, I've been doing this for as long as I can remember.

I really love the Bob Segar song, Understanding. I didn't at first until I sat with the lyrics for a while then began to think, "what is it that makes the world go round?" It's the fact that we human beings support, teach and help one another grow. It's a really basic, fundamental concept the way children grow up and become good adults; the way citizens grow up and become good citizens; the way anybody becomes a solid, wise and intelligent, functioning person is because first of all they've had role models to look up to, to show them the right way to parent, to prepare food, to drive a car, or whatever your society requires and secondly, people who open their eyes to truth. That's a process that starts from the time you are big enough to speak and works throughout your entire life.

I just want to remind people of the crucial role we all play in the lives of everyone around us. If you don't believe me, try insulting your spouse by picking a fight and watch to see if you don't change that person's entire day. Try smiling at your spouse and treating them nicely and seeing if you don't change the course of their day as well. We have a huge impact on other people and I think oftentimes we don't give ourselves credit for the amount of power we have over others, so use it wisely.

I'm feeling a tremendous sense of gratitude to all those people who got me to understanding and I want to encourage you with the things that you have now figured out. Rather than look around at the rest of the world and go, “You dumb...donkeys out there, you just don't get the truth that I've figured out!” and kind of get up on our high horses and judge everybody else for being clueless and out to lunch, we would probably do much better to expend that same amount of mental and emotional energy finding ways to convey facts to them in a way that will help them understand and open their eyes.

This editorial was transcribed and adapted for print from a recent Katherine Albrecht radio program, by David Deschesne, with her permission.  Dr. Katherine Albrecht, Ed. D. is a syndicated radio talk show host on the Genesis Communication Network. Listen to her program live daily, or download her podcast for listening at any time at www.gcnlive.com Katherine’s website is:  www.katherinealbrecht.com