At the heart of every school is a clear articulation of its philosophy, vision and mission.
At the beginning of each year, all are reviewed and thoroughly discussed.
At the very end of the day, we must all sit down and reflect on whether or not we have actually put them into practice.
If I were to be quite frank and honest, I used to think that reviewing the ESLRs and STRIPES or any vision or mission was tedious and useless. However, I’ve come to realize that these are quite similar to our own individual identities and that if people with different sensibilities were to come together and given free reign on what to practice and preach, there would be nothing but chaos.
Although this reflection is supposed to largely reflect my own personal points of view on our school’s philosophy, my mood is leading me to an entirely tangential path.
I watch the news regularly as a result of bonding with my dad. His television is stuck 24/7 to CNN. As such, I am often made aware of the cruel realities faced by other countries such as Egypt and Syria. It is quite alarming to see how much destruction has happened to them in the past few months. I begin to think about what brings about discord and discontent among their citizens.
I will be bold enough to say that I am quite sure that we want the same things… a dignified way of life and a fulfilling career. Are these things that they lack? Maybe they are fighting for these things that they feel their leaders have failed to give them. Was it the lack of education that has caused them to become so belligerent and antagonistic?
What is their vision for their country? Surely it cannot be this. It cannot be death and destruction. How is this related to our school’s vision? There must be a connection somewhere but for now my thoughts center in on the idea that we teach because we want this world to be a better place. Nothing else matters.
At the end of it all, what matters is that the world is brighter and happier than how we first came to discover it. Upon our exit, we must see that at the very heart of the school is a child wanting to improve not only his life but also the lives of others.