One analogy that stood out to me was that of "education" as a train ride. It was said that any given point, people are boarding, and leaving the train. You really don't know when you'll be getting off, and in a lot of ways you don't have control of where the train is going. While you're on board, however, it's your duty to make as best of the ride as possible. Though imperfect, I thought this was a solid analogy. It's easy to think it's our job to completely ditch and overall everything that's come before. I still find it strange to look at old yearbooks and realize some of my colleagues were teaching before I was born. Others can feeWhen I think about all the legislative initiatives and public opinion overalls that have come down over the past few decades, it's easy to become discouraged that "education" is declining or doomed to failure. In actuality, this is just one part of a long ride. There's been many more problems before we arrived, and the train will continue long after we leave. The question remains how we're going to add to the experience while we're here.
(To be fair, when the analogy was told to me I originally thought of the train on Inception...but thankfully this is a lot more cheerful).
So the new school year (almost) begins! I have my plans for this leg of journey, but I know there's many unforeseen elements that lie ahead. Regardless, the train will keep moving forward.