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Nov 05 2008

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Dalton Sherman

Se llama Dalton y tiene diez años pero ya despunta como uno de nuestros líderes del futuro. Se distingue por sus capacidades en la oratoria y un mágico carisma. En septiembre, antes de iniciarse las clases, ofreció el siguiente mensaje a un grupo de 20,000 educadores en Dallas:

I believe in me. Do you believe in me?

Do you believe I can stand up here, fearless, and talk to all 20,000 of you?

Hey, Charles Rice Learning Center – do you believe in me?

That’s right – they do.

Because here’s the deal: I can do anything, be anything, create anything, dream anything, become anything – because you believe in me. And it rubs off on me.

Let me ask you a question, Dallas ISD.

Do you believe in my classmates?

Do you believe that every single one of us can graduate ready for college or the workplace?

You better. Because next week, we’re all showing up in your schools – all 157,000 of us – and what we need from you is to believe that we can reach our highest potential.

No matter where we come from, whether it’s sunny South Dallas, whether its Pleasant Grove, whether its Oak Cliff or North Dallas or West Dallas or wherever, you better not give up on us. No, you better not.

Because, as you know, in some cases, you’re all we’ve got. You’re the ones who feed us, who wipe our tears, who hold our hands or hug us when we need it. You’re the ones who love us when sometimes it feels like no else does – and when we need it the most.

Don’t give up on my classmates.

Do you believe in your colleagues?

I hope so. They came to your school because they wanted to make a difference, too. Believe in them, trust them and lean on them when times get tough – and we all know, we kids can sometimes make it tough.

Am I right?

Can I get an Amen?

So, whether you’re a counselor or a librarian, a teacher assistant or work in the front office, whether you serve up meals in the cafeteria or keep the halls clean, or whether you’re a teacher or a principal, we need you!

Please, believe in your colleagues, and they’ll believe in you.

Do you believe in yourself? Do you believe that what you’re doing is shaping not just my generation, but that of my children – and my children’s children?

There’s probably easier ways to make a living, but I want to tell you, on behalf of all of the students in Dallas, we need you. We need you now more than ever.

Believe in yourself.

Finally, do you believe that every child in Dallas needs to be ready for college or the workplace? Do you believe that Dallas students can achieve?

We need you, ladies and gentlemen. We need you to know that what you are doing is the most important job in the city today. We need you to believe in us, in your colleagues, in yourselves and in our goals.

If you don’t believe – well, I’m not going there.

I want to thank you for what you do – for me and for so many others.

Do you believe in me? Because I believe in me. And you helped me get to where I am today.

Thank you.

Referencias:

OPINION Blog | The Dallas Morning News

    Dalton Sherman: I believe in me. Do you? | News for Dallas, Texas | Dallas Morning News | Opinion: Viewpoints

      Dallas fifth-grader Dalton Sherman earning fans, fame as a figure of speeches | News for Dallas, Texas | Dallas Morning News | Latest News

        Video | News for Dallas, Texas | Dallas Morning News

          “Do you believe in me?” 5th grader Dalton Sherman inspires Dallas teachers « Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub

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          1. Carlos Andújar

            Tenemos que desarrollar más niños como éste.

          2. Alejandro P

            Buen día, estimado profesor. Quisiera su ayuda para un reporte: usted, como profesor de la psicología, ¿qué opinión tiene del formato de citas MLA? ¿qué diferencias (ventajas o desventajas) señalaría entre MLA y APA?
            Me interesa mucho su opinión, y le agradeceré enormemente que pueda responder. Le mando mis más cordiales saludos

          3. Mario Núñez

            Felipe;

            Solo he utilizado el formato de la APA. Así que no puedo opinar.

          4. eRoman

            ¡Hola!

            A lo mejor te interesa añadir estos enlaces que hablan reflejan las reacciones de los educadores que tienen que asistir a este tipo de eventos. A lo mejor esta vez, tras ver a Dalton, les pareció menos pérdida de tiempo pero antes de la convocatoria, los ánimos del profesorado estaban por los suelos:

            http://dallasisdblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2008/06/backtoschool-kickoff-planned.html
            http://dallasisdblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2008/06/merrill-lynch-ponies-up-50000.html

            Saludos,
            Esperanza

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