A SNOW LEOPARD ON THE P.R.O.W.L.
P – COMES PREPARED
“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” (Colin Powell) The acquisition of a quality education begins with the student. Entering a classroom with a completed assignment, the necessary materials, and a willingness to learn provides the student with the basics for a successful experience. As said by Harriet Martineau, “You better live your best and act your best and think your best today, for today is the sure preparation for tomorrow and all the other tomorrows that follow.”
R – IS RESPECTFUL
The ability to recognize in everyone an inherent worth and to treat them accordingly is a skill that educated people develop. This includes one´s self, other students, school staff, and community members. “If one doesn’t respect oneself one can have neither love nor respect for others.” (Ayn Rand) Respect also goes beyond the way we treat people to how we treat things. The school, books, other´s belongings, etc. are to be treated with care.
O – IS ON TIME
Punctuality is a habit. Being on time also includes being present. In Utah, a student is required to attend school until the age of 18. As students prepare for the future, it should be remembered that their employers will trust and depend on employees that meet expectations. Additionally, the educational experience and environment are enhanced as students meet their time obligations.
W – HAS A WINNING ATTITUDE
“The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds can change the outer aspects of their lives.” (William James) Much of what is accomplished in the realm of education is not the result of ability but of attitude. Vince Lombardi once said, “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.”
L – LISTENS & LEARNS
Listening is the beginning of learning. As said by Robert Frost, “Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.” While education will certainly challenge us, “[t]he important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to learn.” (John Lubbock) Once given, the gift of a love of learning is one that will serve students the rest of their lives. Our society is progressing to one of information. “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” (Alvin Toffler) Knowing this, the greatest service provided in education is one of preparing lifelong learners.