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It’s about learning

August 12, 2015
Estherville News

Estherville News Editorial

It's about learning

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.

As we worked on our back to school stories this week, what stuck 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.

And those teachers who are in the national news for missing the mark, for inappropriate or criminal acts, rare as those occurrences are in the big picture, might also contribute to a declining collective respect for teachers.

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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