In this article, Connie Pillsbury discusses the good, right and true of what she believes. She is a Christian who believes in God and Jesus Christ.
Opinion Columnist Connie Pillsbury
Fall provides a feeling of peace, colder, shorter days, and historically-themed festivities such as Colony Days, Pioneer Days, and Thanksgiving. It’s traditionally a harvest and collecting season. It creates a feeling of nostalgia in me.
We discovered my mother-in-1922 law’s report card last week. She was born in 1916 in Jamestown, New York. Her fading report card is a century old, but the characteristics and values written on the little printed and folded paper are evocative of the time period and serve as a fitting reminder of who we were and who we are today.
The front side of the folding card lists 2nd grade’Class Work,’ with the grades for each quarter printed in black fountain ink in the relevant boxes. However, I find the card’s second side, ‘Citizenship,’ to be very deep.
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Citizenship—’Object: To create an understanding of what it means to be an American citizen, thus generating a desire to meet wisely the possibilities and faithfully execute the responsibilities of such Citizenship,’ according to the card.
There are eight different types of citizenship. When seen through the lens of 2021, I find each to be tragic and relevant.
‘Courtesy to instructors, Kindness to companions, Consideration for others’ rights, Cleanliness and decency of speech, Cheerfulness,’ according to the Manners list.
Respect for law, order, and authority, as well as willingness to follow instructions, are all examples of obedience.
‘Truthfulness, Honesty, and Self Control’ are included in the Dependability section.
Workmanship entails being ‘interested in work and striving to perform the finest job possible.’ Respect for Property follows, which includes ‘care of the building, furnishings, and literature, consideration for the property of others, and care of one’s own property.’
Patriotism emphasizes ‘interest in the well-being of the community,’ as well as ‘willingness to serve the public good.’
‘Attitude toward holy things,’ says Reverence.
Attendance, ‘Regularity, Punctuality,’ completes the Citizenship side of the card.
In this basic Plattsburgh Public Schools Quarterly Report, I notice the expectation that students will be taught what is Good, Right, and True. Isn’t it the same characteristics we want from our families, our neighbors, and our leaders today? Isn’t it true that we all have an internal sense of what is really Good, Right, and True? We, I think, do.
So, let this small report card serve as a reminder to ‘perform your best job,’ to be reliable, to strive ‘for cheerfulness,’ to locate a church where you can be respectful, to take care of your family and your property, to run for school board, or to educate your grandchildren.
Bake an apple pie to go along with it. That’s Good, Right, and Correct.
Connie Pillsbury is a freelance opinion writer who writes for The and the Paso Robles Press. She can be reached at [email protected]
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