One of the most influential people in history, Frederick Douglass, understood the importance and value of children in our society. And it’s no surprise, of course, since he was coined the father of the civil rights movement. It is also of relevance to share, in case you do not know, that he was enslaved then escaped; and later became an abolitionist, human rights and women’s rights activist, orator, author, journalist, publisher, and social reformer. His life experiences really empower his words and all his work; and I encourage you to go beyond the information I share below and learn more about him!
Now, although Fredrick Douglas has many inspirational quotes, one of his most impressionable ones, especially for early childhood educators, is as follows: “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” As early childhood educators, we know these words pretty much define the work we do and why we do it. His words remind us of how valuable we are in our society, and even more so today. While this past and current year have been filled with unprecedented experiences, our influence and value has not only continued, but it has grown exponentially. We have, and will forever have, the ability and opportunity to impact the lives of the children. We nurture and support as they grow and develop in our care. You leave an important mark in their hearts and minds. Always remember, you are valuable, you are appreciated, and you are vital to the success of our children, families and communities! And if anyone ever tries to undermine you or the work that you do, show them this quote; as it will serve as a thought-provoking piece for that individual, and a reminder to you about your worth in our society.
Thank you for all you do to educate and nurture the children in our communities! You are truly and whole-heartedly appreciated!