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Media and Role Models

February 10, 2016

Life is a bit weird. Let’s be real about this. Yet, the coolest thing is when other humans accept the weirdness of life, routine and people and just embrace it. Like, for reals. 


One of the weirdest and quite remarkable things that our lives seem to be consumed by right now is technology. 



I can’t say I know too much about what life was like before technology, as I am a 90’s baby and a massive Apple fan (until my iPhone got stolen and was found in Romania but hey, life happens). HOWEVER, as a teacher and a love for planet Earth it does terrify me how technology can really engulf people’s brains and lifestyles. The students and parents I come across seem super amazing when it comes to technology and restrictions which is beyond awesome. 


Let’s not lie about it though. The media is everywhere and we can access information FAST. Google me I dear you. Actually, no don’t. 


The thing is, who we are and how we interact can now be so influenced by westernised pop culture. So, the question is, what public figures represent positive ideals to our children about self love, confidence and individual expression? Who are we okay with our children feeling inspired by, through the media? What wicked people inspire us here at Marrzipan? Role modeling is a key practice in our philosophy after all. 



Today, our role model is Ed Sheeran.  I have been jamming out his album from class to class today and was feeling inspired. So, I googled him. Naturally. 


Not only does Ed Sheeran rock beautiful red hair, but he doesn’t try to hide who he is just because he is a celebrity. He uses his voice as a powerful tool to inspire many. Ed is open about the fact that he was perceived as the ‘weird kid’ at school which is awesome. We are all about weirdness here at Marrzipan. Our focus for this term is also Bravery which makes sense not only because Ed resembles somewhat of a Lion physically with that red mane, but also because he is Brave enough to be himself and encourage others to do the same. You can’t get much braver than being true to your individual self. 


I will leave you with this quote from the man himself.  


“Be yourself, because there's no one in the world that can be a better you than you, if you try to be the cool kid in class, you'll end up very boring and doing plumbing for someone who apparently wasn't that cool. Be yourself. Embrace your quirks. Being weird is a wonderful thing” Ed Sheeran (billboard.com).


Oh, bless you Ed Sheeran. 



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