The future of America was brought to my attention by two articles in The Star. One was regarding Cleveland Browns tight end Kellen Winslow, who was suspended for one game, costing him $235,294 (10/22, Sports, “Browns suspend Winslow; General manager fed up with tight end’s remarks about health issue”).
The other article was about a soldier injured in Iraq and on disability compensation. He has not been able to pay his last three house payments of $532 per month and is about to lose his home (10/22, A-1, “Nation’s foreclosure crisis falls harder on its veterans”).
As a retired teacher, counselor and public school administrator, I’m concerned that fewer are entering the profession due to salaries. However, many are still involved because of the values and leadership they want to show our youth.
One great role model is Tony Severino, who coached for me at Shawnee Mission Northwest before going to Rockhurst High in 1984. Tony has coached for more than 35 years, and his total supplemental coaching salary will not match Winslow’s one-game pay, but Tony doesn’t do it for the money. It is his ministry.
Let’s all work to change America’s future generations, educationally, socially and economically.