From the onset of the story, it is very clear that Ron Clark does not want to maintain the status as many people often do. Despite the respect he derives from his hometown, he desires to be in a challenging environment. He therefore decides to leave what I would term as the ‘comfort zone’. In the new school, Ron decides to refuse the principal’s proposal to teach the smartest students. In this act, it is also clear that Ron Clark does not want to maintain the status quo. He chooses to be with the ‘dumb’ group of students with a strong belief that he could possibly change them. In spite of the many challenges that he had to face in transforming his students, he was determined to see them changed to be smart. The message driven home by this story is that everyone has a potential for greatness. This potential can be harnessed by continuous encouragement as well as appreciation. It may be hard to make a difference but the result of such efforts is worth the investment. The students who were considered ‘dumb’ were actually ‘smart’ as proven by Ron Clark.
A Short Story “Tuskegee Airmen”
The Tuskegee Airmen challenged the common notion that African American could not be aviators. Even though many were skeptical of the possibility of an African American to fly, the Tuskegee drew the inspiration of noble men such as Orville and Wilbur Wright. As a result, they managed to invent the first manmade airplane. After many opposing views, they were allowed to train though with close monitoring from the white officers. Because of their excellent work in the air industry, they won a state recognition which earned them donations as well as new opportunities. However, the opportunities came with great challenges as well. The unfair treatment that they received from white soldiers and teachers did not stop them from breaking the records. With little respect from the white nation, the Tuskegee Airmen still managed to accomplish much.