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There's a sequel to the saying "It takes a whole village to raise a child." When a whole village raises its children, it also raises itself. To cultivate expectancy of good, trust, and patient love on behalf of the young doesn't help only the children. It strengthens families and communities. It brings us in step with spiritually impelled progress. In interviews with seven educators, the Sentinel heard a rousing call to the global village: Watch over the young with love, stand guard over what is good, and trust in God's power to transform.

Educators interviewed are Donna Bradley, mathematics teacher in a Florida high school with a large minority student enrollment; Cindy Cowen, language arts teacher and science mentor at a sizable California middle school; Sandy Cowen, principal of a rural California school (kindergarten through eighth grade) with many students from Native American backgrounds; Martha Dismont, director of a private, nonprofit tutorial center in Bermuda; Dan Littlejohn, fifth-grade teacher in a Wisconsin milltown; Heather Littlejohn, a third-grade teacher at a different school in the same Wisconsin town; Fran Turetsky, French and math teacher in an ethnically diverse Los Angeles secondary school. All schools mentioned are public; the tutorial center, though private, works with public school students.

"You hear people say so often, 'Children are the leaders of tomorrow; what is going to happen to this world if they are not prepared?' That is a suggestion that God is not in complete control," observes Martha Dismont.

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October 23, 1995

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