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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Courage to Consider…..

I do not believe that I had courage greater than women educators of 2017. When I saw a need for change, I sought and received the support of other women educators who encouraged me. YOU are faced with the NEED to examine the Society I was fortunate to establish in 1929. It is befitting, for example, that YOU consider whether those original seven Purposes serve the modern educator—and are those Purposes listed in the order they should remain? Of course, a “genuine spiritual fellowship” is important, and it’s easy to achieve and to cite. However, in the modern age of rapid communication and instant news, should greater consideration be given to informing “members of current economic, social, political and educational issues so that they may participate effectively in a world society”? The modern woman has a greater opportunity to actively engage in issues that impact her professionally and personally than the woman of 1929. The need to be involved is not greater, but the opportunity to be more effective is much improved. The Purposes as they are now listed range from easy to achieve to more challenging. I am inviting you to determine what MOST addresses the needs of the modern woman educator.  

I am not saying that you should discard the Purposes, but I do want you to be courageous and to examine them and their impact on modern DKG members—and prioritize what is important for LEADING WOMEN EDUCATORS IMPACTING EDUCATION WORLDWIDE. Have courage strong enough to consider that “what’s always been this way” may not be the way to a strong future. 

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