If someone were to ask you why you teach, or why you are in education, what would your answer be?
A couple of years ago, I was sitting on a bus loaded with kids on our way to the Hands On Science Lab at CSU Chico. I found myself with a little time and the need to occupy my brain. TED Talks seemed like a good place to start and so I browsed around for something engaging. I found this segment, presented by Simon Sinek about inspiring action and it started a train of thought that is still churning away to this day. Sinek’s model, the golden circle, all starts with the question “Why?” His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers and he talks about what they did that allowed them to change the world. It all started with their ability to express what they believed and why they believed it.
So, why are we in education?
For me, it means that I get to be a part of something much larger than myself. Something that sits right smack at the top of the importance scale. You’ve heard it many times… our kids are our future, they are our greatest resource. They are the leaders, the innovators and the creators of tomorrow. My work is all about giving them what they need today so that they canshape tomorrow.
For those of us who serve in education, the work is deep and meaningful and so very important. It’s about more than just proficiency, numbers and goals. It’s about giving our young people the tools they need to make the world a better place. We have the opportunity to help them learn and grow and become the leaders of tomorrow. It starts with what we do today.