by Esther S. Birtcher, Ed.D.
Education is the road to success in this modern world woven in multicultural society. The Rainbow of success can prevail with students who are struggling in education; they can learn to overcome barriers of life leading to success. Every child is precious; they are our future and can learn the cultural teachings that are valuable concepts to life. Esther S. Birtcher, an educator with a diverse cultural background who has lived both on and off the Navajo reservation, brings a lifetime of experience to this topic.
You have been given four things: Wisdom, Knowledge, Power, and Gift. These things that I am telling you may take years to digest in your minds before they begin to make sense. You must honor these four blessings by having good thoughts, good words, showing kindness to others. When you do this, you will begin to understand what I am talking about.
Wallace Black Elk, Sicangu Lakota Spiritual Elder
Students can learn and behave as valuable techniques are taught and awaken to insights to education. The famous Native leaders said: My children, education is the ladder to all our needs. Tell our people to take it.
- Manuelito, Navajo