Before Dwight D. Eisenhower was the President of the United States, he was the Supreme Commander of allied forces in World War II and made the final decision to launch the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944. Eisenhower made the decision to “go ahead” with the invasion that included only a very small window of good weather essential to the success of the mission.
In addition to weather concerns, military experts predicted that casualties to glider troops would be 90% before they ever reached the ground, and paratrooper casualties would be 75%. In summary, Ike was responsible for launching the largest military invasion in history with the threat of potentially terrible weather and grave forecasts of 13,000 of the 18,000 paratroopers losing their lives. Immediately following his decision to launch D-Day, he drove to meet paratroopers boarding planes for the invasion. After the planes left the airfield, Ike’s driver saw tears in the eyes of the general. General Eisenhower cared deeply and had a strong belief in his troops with an unwavering devotion to them and to his country.
During this pandemic, educators have faced the fear and anxiety of a future filled with grave forecasts and uncertainty. Although it has been daunting, our Wylie family has pushed through with fortitude and grace. Armed with grit and preparation, we have faced our fears and served our kids and community with love and dedication. When someone looks back on this time and the history of Wylie ISD, this display of grit and courage will be considered that of our finest hour.
Grit is defined as “courage and resolve; strength of character.”
Grit is defined as courage, resolve, and strength of character in challenging circumstances. Eisenhower modeled grit and preparation that resulted in a fraction of the estimated casualties and turned the tide for the control maintained by the Nazis. Less than a year after D-Day, the allies accepted Germany’s surrender.
DAY OF GRIT!
In order to help them prepare for future endeavors and the world around them, we want to guide our kids in obtaining grit and learning the value of preparation. Throughout the third grading term, our students will explore the values of grit and preparation as a way to grow their social savviness, the Wylie Way. This includes our “Day of Grit” and “Mapping Your Future Day” scheduled for February 10.
If you want to learn more about how to help prepare our kids to achieve their goals by growing grit the Wylie Way, we encourage you to visit our website at www.thewylieway.com.
WHAT ABOUT YOUR KIDDO?
If you want to know more about your own child and his/her interests, achievements, strengths, etc., please visit his/her personal achievement profile and review the grit score.
The best way to teach grit is by expressing it as an important value to successfully navigate life and living important values with words and actions. Examples of grit and preparation with grace and honor are not limited to General Eisenhower; they are shown in the everyday lives of our teachers, parents, and kids who are growing a great community with grit and preparation. Thank you for your continued support of our work in Wylie ISD, and thank you for helping us to foster grit and preparation, the Wylie Way!