Byron's Babbles

What if We all Wore White T-Shirts?

Posted in Coaching, Education, Leadership by Dr. Byron L. Ernest on October 12, 2011

Last week I wrote about our Anti-Bullying theme of “Accepting and Appreciating Differences” for our month’s campaign to make bullying extinct. Well this week my students had another great idea. Today, all students were asked to wear a plain white t-shirt and jeans to school. We also had many of our staff who wore white shirts and blue dress pants/skirts today in honor of this endeavor. This was to represent how vanilla the world would be if we were all exactly the same.

I am calling the event a success. I do not know official data on the entire school, but my classes had 76.8% participation and I had one class that had 100% participation. Let me tell you it was very interesting to look at the class and have them all look exactly the same. Actually, a little boring. In fact we got into a discussion about how great it is that we are all different.

With his passing, Steve Jobs has been on our minds a lot this week. He certainly was different. In fact there were those who called him one of the crazy one’s. Think back, however, to his advertising slogan for Apple back in 1997 – “Think Different.” In fact in the commercial they showed pictures of Albert Einstein, Bob Dylan, Martin Luther King, Jr., Richard Branson, John Lennon, Buckminster Fuller, Thomas Edison, Muhammad Ali, Ted Turner, Maria Callas, Mahatma Gandhi, Amelia Earhart, Alfred Hitchcock, Martha Graham, Jim Henson, Frank Lloyd Wright and Pablo Picasso.

I don’t know about you all but when I look at that list of names I am sure glad they were exactly what the first three stanzas of the voice-over said, “Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The one’s who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for status quo.” You can see the whole commercial here.

I am proud we are “Accepting and Appreciating Differences” and I for one want to facilitate learning in such a way that all of our students “think differently.”

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  1. […] our FFA Chapter’s October Anti-Bullying Campaign. If you remember last week I wrote a post “What If We All Wore White T-Shirts.” This week everyone was to take their white t-shirt from last week and decorate it to show their own […]

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