Sometimes our plans don’t always turn out as expected. Sometimes in the middle of our failed plans we must look for the flicker of silver linings. Sometimes we look at challenges as a whole and the outlook is pretty dismal. The outlook on education from a national perspective has been pretty grim lately; however, during this Thanksgiving holiday when you’re gathered around the table with family and friends, let’s be thankful for the sides.
To most people turkey and thanksgiving are synonymous. The turkey is the star of this glutinous holiday, but there are times when circumstances arise and the main event leaves much to be desired. No matter what happens with the turkey, the sides are always there, consistent and comforting. The sides represent the collaboration between timeless and contemporary, the coming together of families and blending of traditions.
Education is a little like Thanksgiving. It goes through highs and lows, but when we step back there are the “sides” which provide structure and security. During this Thanksgiving holiday, I am thankful for the education system in America. A system in which individuals from diverse backgrounds unite to learn, to teach, to grow, to better themselves, and to contribute to a sustainable future. Sure, the system isn’t perfect, but it’s worth the effort to collaboratively work and improve the educational opportunities that are not available anywhere else. Just like the turkey may not turn out the way you had hoped, there are the delicious sides that help bring the whole dinner together.
So when I read about the problems in education, this year, I’m thankful for them because it means we are in a state of change and ongoing improvement. It’s when problems cease to exist that the world becomes stagnate. It’s the challenges, obstacles, and desire to improve that allow individuals to be part of an environment which fosters innovation and in turn creates a brighter future tomorrow.
As you gather around your table, dig into those sides with gusto and know that while there is still work left to do, there is a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday.
EduCred Services wishes you a day full of giving thanks!
What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday?