Children’s musician, Susan Salidor, posted these five rules recently encouraging music teachers to not be afraid to select materials that address social justice issues. This caught our attention as an important message for anyone working with young children.
When reviewing these rules, I am reminded of the many young people who have made an impactful difference in our world . . . Ruby Bridges, Anne Frank, Greta Thunberg, Malala Yousafzai, and also the neighbor kids who donated their lemonade stand money to a homeless shelter or the girl who shared her lunch with a classmate who had forgotten his.
In this new decade, let us commit to building strong character and developing a culture of kindness and peace.
Susan Salidor is an award-winning songwriter, performer and educator. She has published numerous children’s music albums and most recently published a children’s book based on her wildly popular song, Peace in My Fingers. Stay tuned! Susan’s book and albums will soon be added to Songs for Teaching! Visit her website.