Many Americans have for centuries, been sharing a fable, link, with their children. The point in sharing the story with children is to encourage them to embrace character and courage and honor
"The cherry tree myth is the most well-known and longest enduring legend about George Washington.The fable is useful as an illustrative example, because
In the original story, when Washington was six years old he received a hatchet as a gift and damaged his father’s cherry tree. When his father discovered what he had done, he became angry and confronted him. Young George bravely said, “I cannot tell a lie…I did cut it with my hatchet.” Washington’s father embraced him and rejoiced that his son’s honesty was worth more than a thousand trees.
there are so few real life examples to point to instead.
One of the senior most role models in the entire APS, School Board Member Analee Maestas, has an opportunity to provide for those who look to her for an example to emulate, honesty worth more than a thousand trees.
She will provide for students apparently,
a diametrically opposite example.
She, and the rest of the APS school board.
photo Mark Bralley