I had the pleasure of listening to Marcus Akuhata Brown today. What an inspirational, entirely humble speaker with a wry sense of humour. He talked about how knowing where you come from, who your connections are is so important for young people. He gave us this quote from Goethe;
“If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.”
It is a reminder that as educators or in any contact we have with young people we have a responsibility when we notice potential that we act on it to lift the lid of the glass ceiling and free the potential.