Dear Teachers

Although I’m a big believer in personally designing my curriculum each year, there is one lesson that I have always and will always teacher whether I am teaching 5th graders in America or 12th graders in Germany.

John Mayer wrote “Waiting on the World to Change.” The first two verses and the chorus are:

“Waiting On The World To Change”

Me and all my friends
We’re all misunderstood
They say we stand for nothing and
There’s no way we ever could

Now we see everything that’s going wrong
With the world and those who lead it
We just feel like we don’t have the means
To rise above and beat it

So we keep waiting
Waiting on the world to change
We keep on waiting
Waiting on the world to change

I pair this song with Dave Barnes “Brothers and Sisters.” The first two verses and chorus follow:

This is not the way I thought that this would be
With me holding back something
Isn’t love generosity
Not fists up and pumping

What good is a helping hand
If it’s rolled up tight and clenched?
How can I give when I still must be convinced?

I believe that we can change the world

Dear Teachers,

As you start this school year, are you going to teach you students to wait on the world to change or to be world changers?

Are you waiting on the world to change or are you going to be a world changer? Are you going to push, challenge and question “the way it’s always been” or sit in silence?

I believe that you can change the world.