I have my own beliefs and they have been formed in part by my experiences and in part by my education. How much was education? A third? A half? A majority? I don’t know. But I do know that I am a teacher. I spend 175 days a year with children; children that aren’t mine by blood, just by passion and commitment. Was I making the right decisions for each and every one of them? Was I making my beliefs the right answer or was I tolerant of free thought.
What I decided is that I am committed to teaching, leadership, and the belief that our future is good. Children will grow up to be the great and wonderful people that we hope they become. I teach because I do value each and every person that I meet. Each belief a person holds is right for them, shaped by their experiences, and their education. If I want heard, I need to continue to listen. I may not agree with everyone but that is not an argument, just a mark of what makes us each individuals. I am not saying that crimes such as the shooting at the Aurora Theater, genocide in Sudan, or the death of our foreign ambassadors is acceptable. It isn’t. But beliefs such as what the immigration policy should be, who should be manufacturing our products and at what rate, how we should spend our tax dollars, and whether or not each military maneuver was effective can not be decided by one person. Each person’s view matters.
Yes, out future is hopeful. I count my blessings that I am able to be a part of that future, in a very small way.
As to my personal future, it is this blog and public education leadership. I may not have a leadership job title, but leadership is more than what is written on your door. I think I am ready. To that end, I seek your ideas, questions and struggles. You will help guide me along with the sage advise I say as I go to sleep each night:
Grant me the strength to endure
That which I cannot change,
The courage to change
That which I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.
(my personal adaption of the Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr)