On my way to the office, I generally use Ashton Road.  I forgot school began yesterday. What a mess –buses, cars, kids – traffic.  It made me rub the top of my head and ultimately delayed my projected arrival time, which resulted in a more hectic start than usual. A hectic Wismer is not a pretty sight. But after a few minutes of self-regulation, I composed myself and paused to think about the students and teachers, the staff and administrators, the parents and families all involved in a new school year. I pondered the purpose of education and the more a sat with the thought the more fascinated I became. I did a bit of reading and found some quotes that resonated with me. Gilbert K. Chesterton said “Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.”  Jean Piaget said, “The goal of education is not to increase the amount of knowledge but to create the possibilities for a child to invent and discover, to create men (sic) who are capable of doing new things.” Caroline Kennedy is quoted as saying “To the extent that we are all educated and informed, we will be more equipped to deal with the gut issues that tend to divide us.” While her father said “The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth.” Martin Luther King, Jr. declared “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”  Marian Wright Edelman spoke these words, “Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.” I guess I just want the students (known and unknown) who begin a new year to expect a great year, to be surrounded with good thoughts, positive energy and prayer – my prayers and yours. I also simply want to say thank you to all the teachers and aides who have chosen to make such a difference in the lives of their students and this community. You are highly valued.

Scripture Reading: Proverbs 18:15
“An intelligent mind acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.”

Reflection Questions:
What is the purpose of education?
How are you providing hope for others?
What are your expectations for today?

Prayer: Holy God, fill each classroom with great expectations. Expect greatness in the lessons taught and leaned, and in the application. Remind us to use the full capacity of our resources to do great things for you today. Let our lives reveal your love.  Amen