The Center that Keeps Us Grounded

Batchelder makes a point in which: “We tend to define the center as that special place where we are known, where we know others, where things mean much to us, and where we ourselves have both identity and meaning: family, school, town, and local region. The lesson which gradually filtered through was the simple concept that every place has special meanings for the people in it; every place represents the center of the world” (2). This shows readers the emphasis of what settings mean to one another. The concept of our center lies what is important to each and every one of us. Every single place on this universe is important to someone, which is why we must take care of the places we inhabit and those are in it. For a college student, one place that I consider my center is my home, where my family is. My home is where I find my most comfort in when I want to get away from the chaos in a school setting. That is where the people that I love, are, and it is the house I grew up in. It identifies me because my hometown is where I was raised, including the friends that I have made. It is the place that makes me the most happy.

Something I have to keep in mind is that not every student considers home as a comfortable place. For those in Kid’s Club, oftentimes there are two families per apartment. This makes housing cramped and distracting for children. It disrupts their ability to do homework, or being rested enough to learn at school the next day. However, I would like to think that the afterchool program serves as a center for those kids. Kid’s Club allows the kids to get a helping hand on homework and to get one-on-one time. It becomes free of distractions because it is strictly scheduled in order to ensure that kids will get things done. Not only that, but the kids learn more about working with others in a class setting and working as a group. It is a place that gurantees children will get the help and support that they need.

One thing that children may take for granted is their education. As young children, some may see school as dreadful and unentertaining. However, “Youth learn that it is their democratic right to have access through understanding to the full range of cultural practices. Youth learn that it is their democratic responsibility to be life-long makers of meaning through active participation in receiving, deconstructing, and reconstructing shared meaning” (5). As you get older, education becomes more important. It serves as the foundation of skills to going to a good college and eventually obtaining a job. Gude wants readers such as children to take advantage of the resources that they are given. Though knowledge and facts are taught, it is the child’s responsbilty to learn. Education is what we make of it, and goes beyond what we are taught in a classroom. We must carry our knowledge through our every day lives and incorporate it in the many experiences of life.

“As democratic citizens, we must believe that what we do affects the world around us, that what we do makes a difference” (1). In issues going on today such as the upcoming election, it is crucial to put ourselves aside and to think about the human population as a whole. The election means that we are passing on power to one person to rule our country. That is why we are make smart decisions and to acknowledge what affects the world around us. We begin by taking care of ourselves first, so that we may be caring for others. “Heightened self-awareness is extended to heightened awareness of others” (4). Our individualism is just as important as others. It is our job to work with one another, under whatever circumstances. When something does not go right, we must not let history repeated itself. Lessons must be learned through reflection.

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