There is a solution to every problem and it is found in education. Far more than a system to learn skills like reading and math, education is where we open our eyes to possibilities, where we learn to think for ourselves, where we find out how much is out there that we – as of yet – know nothing about. How truly exciting!
Many of you don’t remember school that way. Perhaps for you it was a torture chamber. But that school, and those teachers, weren’t teaching the magic of possibilities. They didn’t have that passion in their eyes when someone loves his or her subject, when they love influencing young minds by opening cracks in windows and letting the student see there is a whole world out there. That is education!
Test scores from silly standardized tests have nothing to do with education. They do make the test-makers big money. They probably make law-makers feel good because they “did something.” They make school boards, administrators, and teachers tear their hair out, but still, they have nothing to do with education.
Sometimes a student finds an area of study they are naturally good at, and that is wonderful. That can lead to satisfying career choices. Sometimes, a student finds something he or she is passionate about, and that is awesome! And once in a while, a student sees a problem and figures out how to fix it. She sees a star and figures out how to go there. He sees poverty, and figures out how to feed a starving nation by developing a dwarf wheat (Norman Borlaug). Sometimes, education is about discovery, and sometimes, it is about giving everyone the same opportunity to find their own niche in life.
Without education, very few get beyond the closed doors and the shuttered windows. With education, a person with a vivid imagination (ie: Chuck Barrett or Stephen King) writes books to entertain us, lets us travel from our couch, laugh, cry, scream or feel good. What a gift education is. Cherish it.