Principal “Reflections & Projections”
The month of December, and the Christmas season in general, most often brings the idea forward of compiling a “list” of some type. Most parents equate the list to what their children want for gifts or presents. Adults make a list to determine goals for the upcoming New Year and may associate that to what was or what was not accomplished relative to what was set for the current year. Educators often compile a list of what may assist with educating the students in each classroom. I will focus on the last.
With the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind on the horizon, many groups are compiling their list of what they see as essential. All lists regarding changes to NCLB center around 3 or 4 main topics: access to a quality, well rounded education for all students; graduates who will be well prepared for college and/or the workforce; outstanding educators in each classroom; and creating innovative approaches that improve the learning of every student.
To accomplish any of the goals listed above; these items are often listed as essential:
Provide quality early childhood education programs.
Lists usually contain items that can be classified in one of two ways, a want or a need. The list a kid makes for Christmas usually contains only wants. The list to assure educators can continually improve the daily education in each and every classroom includes needs. Both lists require decisions on what we can and can’t “afford”. How can we not afford the education of our youth as that is an investment that will never go south!
On a holiday note - Sometimes we need reminded of what life is really about. Especially during the holiday season, when all we seem to do is work and clean and bake and shop and worry and work, and, and, and, and, and.....You get the picture, I’m sure. I would ask each of you, stop for a moment and hug that special person in your life, whether they are 2, 12, 22 or 72. Every person is special and a gift given to us in life, and what a gift to be treasured, far above any other and the most important thing you can have on your list! Have a great Holiday season. I hope you are looking forward to 2012.
Until next time,