It takes days of preparation.
Hours of meetings.
And then you line up.
Your desk is full of freshly sharpened pencils.
Your children don their newest clothes.
The “shot” is fired.
And another school year begins.
It’s never exactly what you think and rarely does all the planning fit all the problems but it is worthwhile.
For education isn’t simply for the students,
Nor just another chance at a wage,
Nor is it simply a babysitter.
Education is a gift to those who are eager and to them who have already attained it to give back by sharing with others.
It is a gift for the parents, to help them give their children something far more valuable than a chance at a good job.
It is the joy of learning and continuing to grow past the alphabet and square-root.
It is the wonder of a world so complex that the universe is still being explored.
It is the thrill of learning stars can be plotted by applying mathematics.
It is the understanding of other cultures and countries by reading their history.
It is the grateful heart that sees, hears, learns, and then realizes that all of this is a gift from God.
Not everyone is going to enjoy the same things.
Not everyone will hear the same songs or dance to the same beat.
But each of us has a blessing and a responsibility when it comes to education.
Whether we are the students, the teachers, the staff or the parents we must strive to be thankful for the gift of learning while looking for ways to in still it in others.
For the Bible tells us that to be a learner is a blessing.
“A wise man will hear and increase learning,
And a man of understanding will obtain counsel. ”
And knowledge is truly a gift from God.