The beginning of September brings with it thoughts of going back to school because, for most of my life, that is exactly what I did.
I am a recently (two years ago) retired high school chemistry teacher. I know that for many of you, back-to-school has already happened, but here in Lititz, Pennsylvania tradition runs deep. Our children still begin school on the Wednesday after Labor Day, thank-you-very-much, just as God intended.
I still think a lot about the mission of education in this country. For me, teaching was mostly about the relationships that developed between the students and me during our 180 days together.
My goal was to teach teenagers to think for themselves, to learn how to find answers, rather than waiting to be spoon-fed all of the critically important facts needed to pass the next test.
I attempted to create a safe place for students to make mistakes without fear of ridicule or reprimand. Learning from our mistakes is one of the most valuable tasks to master in life.
I endeavored to teach kids to clean up after themselves both physically and emotionally, and to be self-reliant, another important lesson to learn.
Finally, I aspired to instill in students the notion that there are caring, fair, but firm adults in the world whose dearest wish is for them to succeed.
If they learned a little bit of chemistry along the way, that was a bonus.
“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” Martin Luther King Jr.
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