I use this day as a reelection day each year. A day to ask myself…am I helping my students grow? Where have I succeeded this past year? Where do I need to refocus? It’s so interesting to me that we celebrate MLK Day by schools being closed and students staying home. Dr. King had many wonderfully inspiring thoughts on education and the pursuit of knowledge and I wonder how he would feel knowing that in his honor…most of our kiddo’s stay home.
While in college, Dr. King wrote an essay entitled The Purpose of Education where he proposes that through education we much learn to think, effectively, for ourselves. Critical thinking? To simply know something is not enough. To be able to apply it, to use that knowledge to change, to assist to develop…that is where the key lies.
I heard on NPR this morning, that the Waldorf School of Detroit has spent the last semester knitting scarves and today, with their day off of school, their campus community is going to tie the scarves around trees and fence posts around the city. The school’s enrollment director, Charis Calender-Suemnick reported during the interview that these handmade gifts were part of a task mastery lesson for their students, and a way for them to give back to the community. Attached to each scarf, a tag will read “If you’re cold this winter, please take me”. What a great way to spend MLK Day with your campus family, providing support for others while spending time together.
‘Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal, and the facts from the fiction”.