Mr. John Rollins

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Mr. John Rollins

Subjects: U.S. History 10

 

FAVORITES:

Book: “The Lakota Way” by Joseph Marshall

Movies: “The American President”, "Lincoln", "John Adams", "The Godfather (parts 1 & 2)", & "American Grafitti".

Place visited: Southern Civil War battlefields, Washington, D.C., Gettysburg, Philadelphia, NYC

Favorite quote: “To be good is noble, but to show others how to be good is nobler, and no trouble.” — Mark Twain

 

Explain why you chose the education profession:

I believe the future of America depends on the students of today, and teaching U.S. History allows me the opportunity to teach my students the impact they can make on the future. They need to appreciate the blessing of being Americans and embrace their responsibilities in contributing to our country.

 

As an educator, what has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced?

My biggest challenge is convincing students how much of a positive influence they can have on their own lives, and the lives of others. I tell my kids, “You don’t have to wait to be great!” George Harrison was 15, Paul McCartney was 16, and John Lennon was 17 when they formed the Beatles. The 26th amendment lowered the voting age from 21 to 18, mostly due to teenagers and college students who exercised their constitutional right to protest through peaceful assembly.

 

If you could have three wishes, what would they be?

1) That more parents would get involved in their children’s education. The common denominator for students who excel in school, and later in life, is parents who are committed to them. Abigail Adams had the perfect mantra for raising children: “Be good and do good!”

2) That our elected officials had the same health care and retirement plans as the rest of America.

3) That more people believed in (old fashioned?) values like respect, honesty and courtesy.  

 

If you could give a piece of advice to those thinking about, or studying to become an educator, what would it be?

Surround yourself with positive people and avoid negativity. Think of the best teacher you ever had and try to emulate them. If you’re not totally committed to being a great teacher, do something else!

 

 

"To be good is noble, but to show others how to be good is nobler, and no trouble." Mark Twain

 

“Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... they are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.” Thomas Jefferson

 

"If you think education is expensive, try ignorance." Abraham Lincoln

 

“Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.” John Adams

 

“Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and diligence.” Abigail Adams

 

“The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.” James Madison

 

 "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." John Lennon

 

"Once learned, it stays learned." Abraham Lincoln

 

"What a joy it is to be comprehended." Abraham Lincoln

 

“What I learn in U.S. History matters.” Mr. Rollins