As many of you may know, I had the dubious distinction of attending Baldwin's freshmen formal last night. Over 200 freshmen, dressed to the eights (they'll get to the nines someday) paraded into the South Hills Country Club and danced the night away. The food was well prepared, the music was...consistent with cultural norms, and there were no major crises aside from a handful of break-ups.
Many people flinch when I tell them I'm chaperoning a school dance. "Good luck with that" or "I don't know how you do it" are key expressions of support I hear from coworkers and family. Frankly though, it's a no-brainer. As a teacher, I spend hours upon hours with people who don't necessarily want to be there. Even to a student is a good worker and smart, school is probably not where they want to be. As a disgruntled student in Mr. Holland's Opus once said "no kidding, I'd rather be anywhere else right now..." And the thing is, that's ok! That's good! Students should want to go somewhere else because frankly...that's how the world gets built! School is not the end, nor the goal, but the beginning. Students spend some time with us, and then they go be "anywhere else" and make things happen.
In other words, after 110 days with students wanting to go away, it was great to see them all in a place they wanted to be somewhere they were excited to walk in and enjoy themselves. There was plenty to laugh at (see my Twitter feed for the 25 casualties of the night), but overall, it was a great evening. Special shoutout for Mrs. Murrman for all her hard work to make the dance happen.
So until the next formal, stay casual Baldwin. Go be where you want to be; we'll see you back in my court shortly.