At some point, it became sort of a sport among kids to claim they dislike school. In some cases, it may be true. Some minds and bodies were not built to sit still and listen for long stretches. Others may have trouble getting their heads around the vital core concepts of working with words and numbers. For others, the social aspect of crowded hallways and loud lunchrooms might sap their energy.
This year, we do not yet know what school will look like as our districts balance student, teacher and staff safety with the need to have students in class. COVID-19 has put everything into question, not the least of which is how do we get the buildings sanitized, desks and furniture far enough apart, people wearing masks, and activities modified to fit the definition of safe?
As our newsroom is gearing up for Back to School stories, what sticks out is that the teachers and administrators are excited – genuinely – for the bell to ring and the students to return. Kids – on the whole, the educators at your school really like you and can’t wait to see you.
To hear about your stories of summer.
To see how you’ve grown, perhaps physically, even more as a person.
To show you something new and interesting and alive and fun.
To watch you take in a concept as a newbie and grow in your knowledge until you can demonstrate or explain it almost as well as the teacher.
To see your face light up when you finally get it.
To share a little bit of their life knowledge as a gift for your own life journey.
Maybe we’ve become jaded over the years by the bad news of insufficient standards, teachers made lazy by the protection they have from unions, by those who claim teachers put in an abbreviated day and an abbreviated year, so our respect for them should be likewise abbreviated.
We disagree that this is the case, particularly with the educators in the local districts we cover. We have encountered exceptional people in our school districts and it’s a pleasure to cover the happenings there.
With the availability of technology that can help us see and experience things around the world and beyond, this time has the potential to be a golden age of education.
But it’s all just noise and flashing light without the guidance and investment of a real person who wants us to learn.
Learning was never a simple task, and today’s world makes it more complex than ever.
But teaching is a vocation about as old as human society. Learning is an even older task.
We hope students at every level of every age will go into this school year ready to learn.
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