Anger, despair, hopelessness and anxiety are some of the strong emotions that are recently expressed through social media, conversations at the cocktail party and the water cooler during the 15-minute break between meetings. Why? Is it because the Patriots prevailed as the Super Bowl champs for the fifth time? Or is it the endless snow that has been dumped in the northeast causing travel headaches once again?
All jokes aside, there is a serious matter that has made the national headlines in the last couple of weeks and even months. Betsy DeVos has been confirmed to be the Secretary of Education. I will be honest and confess, I never paid attention to the past nominations and confirmations of the Secretary of Education. However, DeVos has created quite the uproar among some of the American people, particularly educators in public schools.
Do I have concerns? Yes.
But here’s the thing. Other than sending messages to D.C. via email, phone calls and social media, a lot of what is happening on that historic hill is out of our control. Those feelings of anger, despair, hopelessness and anxiety might be fueled by the thought that after a certain point, our ability to change what has happened and what could potentially happen is somewhat limited.
Remember that reason or inspiration that motivated you to become an educator? Dig deep, its still there. Use that reason to get out of bed every morning and greet the innocent smiles that walk into your room each day. They are the reason and voice of tomorrow. If we can change or make an impact in one child’s life; it’s worth it isn’t?
That was our goal. As an individual who has a hearing loss and received unwavering support, I wanted to give back. I wanted to carry the torch to the next generation. I wanted to create that lasting impact in a child’s life because, by golly, they deserve it! And we know that we are not the only ones. Simply by reading this post, you have shown that you care and you want better.
Voice your opinions and emotions but we ask all of you to remind yourselves of the great strides that are happening in your classroom and focus on the changes, big or small, that you have created. It’s because of you all that we live in a society filled with change agents. Focus on what’s in front of you; eventually that alone is going to lead to changes bigger than yourself. Educate. Empower. Inspire.