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Reviving the Content of Their Character

Today marks an important moment in history for several reasons. Certainly the most prominent event is the president’s second and final inauguration, scheduled for the late morning and early afternoon. However, there is also a great deal of attention given to the day itself, which we have come to observe as Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Thirty years ago, in 1983, President Reagan signed a bill that would establish this as a federal holiday, acknowledging the life and legacy of Dr. King; a man that most of us remember for his resounding words: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

This timeless vision of children being judged by the content of their character has placed the ultimate burden on public school teachers, whose classrooms are almost always a haven for young people who are full of diversity. Across the country and far too often, our neighborhoods and churches are still unevenly segregated, yet the public school classroom has a unique opportunity to remove so many of the barriers that might otherwise exist for these children.

One way that science teachers, social studies teachers, language teachers, and elementary school teachers have found great success in developing character for their students is with round table community groups, where children are forced, by the arrangement of their classroom furniture, to face one another for various discussions, labs, and activities that the rest of the class is engaged. Fifty years ago, when Dr. King made his “I Have a Dream Speech,” public education was single-minded, with classroom furniture and desks arranged in such a way that every student was facing forward and no child was permitted to talk in class. Today, these round table community groups are proving to be the bedrock of a new approach. We applaud every teacher who already embraces this concept and encourage other schools to consider the idea very seriously.

Diversified Woodcrafts has put together a 48″ by 30″ Round Table with legs and aprons constructed of solid red oak, smoothly machined and stained with an acrylic finish. Surround that table with a few Virco Chairs made of Solid Oak and you’ve got yourself a community group, where children can learn, socialize, and dream of the day when they might become President of the United States as well.

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