“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela
As schools start over the next few weeks, they do so over so many challenges.
Teachers have always been challenged with the normal aspects of their work: low pay, long hours of preparation, varying degrees of support for the range of tasks they face, students whose needs are many. And now this: a quilt of political and social maladies that increases in complexity daily.
Teachers are on the front line of the blossoming of our freedoms, equality, justice, and emotional stability of our nation. At no time in our history have we had as much research and knowledge about how emotional safety and social skills underlie learning, the futures of kids, the quality of life in our nation, and world peace. It’s a tall order.
The good news is that all of this heavy lifting is done one minute at a time, one leader at a time, one person at a time, one relationship at a time. What feels like the largest burden can easily feel like a summer breeze as a teacher bends down to comfort a child or discuss the importance of life in a book character’s world.
If we are to win this war on sanity, we must bring things down to the small tasks, and make them our focus. Small tasks build to a strong system of bridges to our future.
Dear teachers, may you have the strength, love, support, and encouragement you have to fly through the school year. We are all counting on you!