Graduation: Thank Your Village
As the graduation season approaches, our thoughts always wander back to the power of education and how lucky we are to have, ourselves, been exposed to countless influential educators. And while on that thought train, we are inevitably reminded of the saying, attributed to an African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.”
In this context, The Village is that combination of people who have contributed to the person you (or your children) become. And while this village of educators comes in various shapes and sizes — whether academic, athletic, the arts, a mentor or a family member/close friend — every single one contributes a small sliver to each person’s unique journey.
Not every stop on this journey is marked by an epic act of contribution; oftentimes the smallest efforts can have an unexpectedly large impact. It could be that great computer teacher who inspires her students to build an escape room (anything is possible!) or that biology teacher that has found a way to show students how to make a global impact. There are coaches who show students what good sportsmanship looks like, how to work on a team or how to keep your cool in a tense situation. And there are those shining babysitters who put their mobile devices away and simply play with their charges.
Really great educators meet all students on their own level, recognizing not only the flashiest but also the quiet forces who don’t demand attention and don’t need to be in the limelight.
We strongly believe that educators don’t just teach facts and figures, but they do impart upon us a feeling of self-confidence, an awareness of the world around us and the desire to want to share with others what we have learned.
Wouldn’t it be nice, then, to say a little something to all of the great educators in your life? Well…what’s stopping you?