The “physical” school year was cancelled , in lieu of online learning. Students will miss approx 13 weeks of school activities and being with their friends. Many people are concerned about students falling behind because of this. Yes, they may fall behind when it comes to classroom education…but fall behind whom?
BUT WHAT IF ….
-What if instead of falling “behind”, this group of kids are ADVANCED because of this? Hear me out (discloser…I didn’t write this … sent to me by my friend, Gina)…
-What if they have more empathy, they enjoy family connection, they can be more creative and entertain themselves, they love to read, they love to express themselves in writing.
-What if they enjoy the simple things, like their own garden and sitting near a window in the quiet.
-What if they notice the birds and the dates the different flowers emerge, and the calming renewal of a gentle rain shower?
-What if this generation are the ones to learn to cook, organize their space, do their laundry, and keep a well run home?
-What is they learn to ride a bike, play a board game, do simple crafts, learn to bake, climb a tree, PLAY, without a screen?
-What if they learn to understand the value of money, what’s important and to live with less?
-What if they learn to plan shopping trips and meals at home.
-What if they learn the value of eating together as a family and finding the good to share in the small delights of the everyday?
-What if they learn to just be, to be more resilient, to be content ?
-What if they are the ones to place great value on our teachers and educational professionals, librarians, public servants and the previously invisible essential support workers like truck drivers, grocers, logistics, and health care workers and their supporting staff, just to name a few of the millions taking care of us right now while we are sheltered in place?
-What if among these children, a great leader emerges who had the benefit of a slower pace and a simpler life to truly learn what really matters in this life?
What if they are AHEAD?
I believe emphatically in the power of positive thinking and self-fulfilling prophecy. I’m going to hope that the world will come together, collectively, and make at least some of this a reality by the time this is over … and that the next generation will get it right.
You cannot direct the wind, but you can adjust the sails!