Our book of the month for February is Ron’s Big Mission by Rose Blue and Corinne Naden. It is the uplifting story of Ron, a young boy growing up in the segregated world of 1950’s South Carolina. Young Ron McNair (later famous as an astronaut who died in the 1986 explosion of the Challenger space shuttle) is determined to check out library books for himself in a town which denied that privilege to people whose skin color was not white. When Ron is ignored as he tries to get a library card, he uses peaceful resistance to ensure a fair outcome.
By featuring this book we hope that our students will absorb the unfairness of constraints of age, race, and gender in allowing success. As we study the character traits of justice and fairness, we will be focusing on the Golden Rule: treat people the way you want to be treated.
What can you, as a parent, do to teach the importance of fairness? Talk with your child about the importance of being fair with people. Make sure he/she knows that it is important to you, and that it will lead to stronger friendships. Remember that you are an important role model for your child. If you treat people fairly, your child will learn from you.