While reading the news today I came across a statement made by Joe Andruzzi, the New England Patriots’ offensive lineman. He said,””Marathon Monday should be about uplifting stories, personal challenges and fundraising milestones, but today’s bombings irrevocably changed that. While I appreciate the interest in hearing our perspective on today’s horrific events, the spotlight should remain firmly on the countless individuals — first responders, medics, EMTs, runners who crossed the finish line and kept on running straight to give blood, and the countless civilians who did whatever they could to save lives.”
Reading this statement, I’m reminded of a teaching strategy I learned in college. I was told when a student is misbehaving to verbally acknowledge a student who is following direction. Often times students will act out for attention so when the student who is behaving in a more preferable manner is getting the attention, the other students will follow. Not only does this usually work for behavior correction, but I believe it also helps the teacher subconsciously. The teacher is verbally focusing on the students that are better behaved in the classroom versus constantly correcting and complaining all day long.
I realized this morning reading article after article about the Boston marathon bomb, that we should apply this strategy to the media. As the public, we should not ignore the truth and ugliness of the world but still, we should focus our attention on the many heroes and healers from this tragic event versus the attackers. It may only have a little impact, if any, on preventing future terrorists from seeking media attention but, I believe, readers focusing more on inspirational stories will at least help the psyche of society.
Here’s a few I found.