Monday, July 8, 2013

About a Boy

About A Boy

            When were most of our choices made for us?  No doubt during childhood.  Parents/guardians, teachers, and other professionals (e.g. doctors & counselors) guided the direction of our young lives.  This is an awesome responsibility that young parents especially toil with almost daily; as if one wrong decision will cause irreversible damage.  Although this assumption can prove true, it rarely does.
            Meet Mugamore, a child of the 1970’s whose adventurous spirit forced the decisions of his parents, and adults en loco parentis.  Many of the choices made for him during yester-year would have been made differently today.  Sometimes the common decisions of his day benefited him while at other times it was to his detriment.   Mugamore benefited from tolerance, but could have been crushed by the zero tolerance of today.  He suffered from corporal punishment, but would have gained from the sensitivity of the now generation.
            This summer a story will come to light that everyone with a vested interest in children must read.  Whether the parent of a school aged child, teacher, future teacher, instructor/advisor to future teachers, school administrator, or policy maker, you will want to get to know Mugamore.  His story is one of common sense actions, ignorance, firm fairness, revealing childhood behaviors, and clues to the promise of a bright future.
Stray dogs roaming in packs around the neighborhood were commonplace.  Skully boards painted or chalked onto blacktop, strike zones sprayed on brick buildings, and football end zones looking eerily like street lamps existed on city blocks with a minimum number of adolescent boys. Red Light, Green Light, 1-2-3; High Water, Low Water; Round Up; and girls jumping Double Dutch vibrated concrete in the borough of Queens. Running bases, stoop ball, handball, and stick ball filled open spaces all over New York City. This was the pre-internet world where only the privileged joined sports leagues, physical play was an expectation, and navigating social relationships was not optional. Children learned to survive and Mugamore was a survivor.

            Mugamore: Succeeding without Labels – Lessons for Educators by Dr. Jonathan T. Jefferson.  Bookmark this author’s website to keep apprised of the book’s release; .  The best of summer reading is soon to come.