Approach the New School Year With Gratitude
Gratitude As You Approach a New School Year
I’ve been thinking about the 2011-2012 school year. The pols are telling us that schools are failing. Money is being cut. The citizens want a Mercedes but they are only willing to pay for a 1965 Corvair (unsafe at any speed?). Here are some thoughts to help get you through the year. I hope you keep this someplace where you can see it when you need it.
The bottom line is this: In about two weeks, kids, some with shiny faces, some with history, others with hope and many with terrible mental demons, will be walking through the classroom door. Who will they see? The principal? lower case intended. The Police School person? The District Superintendent? The almighty Curriculum Coordinator? Maybe the Educational Testing Consultant.
Don’t kid yourself- even the most well put together and best parented kids are scared. It makes no difference if you are a Grad student or a Preschool student. So who will they see?
If these kids are blessed they’ll see Mrs. Kortemeyer- “the sit on my lap, things will be ok” Kindergarten teacher who taught children rather than curriculum. She’s up in the big school in the sky right now. She’ll be there watching the playground and cheering the Cubs with Mr. Hashbrown who knew the real meaning of Education. Who knew that kids come before page numbers and that Teachers teach because they CAN not because they have to. Mr. Richardson will still be teaching math to kids who just don’t get it. But instead of a bowling alley where splits are possible, he’ll be laughing with Mr. McCollough. Both of them will be watching McCollough’s former students write Hubs of thanks, knowing that their legacy of high standards is still being practiced- whether it is in a bowling alley or a college classroom.
You see, these were my teachers. They refused to let politics and bureaucracy and plain old BS get in the way of raising American citizens from the poverty of ignorance. These folks “got it” regarding whether third grade test scores instead of college graduates and positive parents were the mark of greatness. And yes- they’ll see Slippery Mr. Beeler, the twinkle in his eye “We’ll get it by hook or crook” Director who knew that a budget was nothing more than a number on a piece of paper, not the driving force in a school’s success.
What does this mean for you? If you are in a classroom, you have a gift greater than a surgeon. You save lives every day. When the inmates are running the asylum- and I don't mean the kids- remember this:
“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us." -Albert Schweitzer
I sincerely hope that this Hub can be a flicker of hope as you save the lives of children this year. Peace be with you.
To see Abundance-Think Abundance.
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