Sometimes it seems like little things can have a huge impact. Here is an article from the Courant about a new program to teach young men leadership and respect. It has been implemented at M.D.Fox School on Maple Avenue and seems to be having a large positive impact so far on a group of young men.
It starts with something as small as wearing a necktie and these men realizing what respect and pride in yourself is all about.
This is a program that should be in place in all of Hartford's schools, maybe for that matter in all schools in our country.
You can read the story by clicking here.http://www.courant.com/community/hartford/hc-hartford-males-leadership-0313-20160320-story.html
It is also interesting to note, and I have to admit I never thought about this. Many young men today have no father figure in their life to teach them how to tie and wear a necktie. I guess I was fortunate to grow up with a father that taught me how to tie a knot at an early age.
I frequently notice how wearing a tie seems to almost automatically have people treat you differently. I don't think I have ever gone to a wake or a funeral and not wear a tie, but it seems like many people think it is fine to wear jeans or sneakers to a wake or funeral.
Seeing these young men in the story wearing ties and treating each other with respect tells me that we can change our future for the positive, and it isn't hard to do. Can the days of young men wearing their pants hanging below their rear ends be a thing of the past. Hopefully if the M.D.Fox School continues its work and others follow suit.