Travel, Travel, Travel... Pause, Breathe, Renew... Metamorphasis!
Wow! I can't believe that I haven't posted in so long on this, my professional blog--not that I haven't been doing a tremendous amount of writing in other places because of my passionate stance in this past election cycle. I try to keep my blog free of partisan politics*, which is very difficult for me to do because of the intensity of my deeply-held political beliefs and my broadening concerns about the future of our nation and the world we are leaving our children.
Additionally, I have been busier in the past few months traveling and presenting to audiences all around the world than I ever anticipated I would be. In fact, I just totaled it up. In the past 7 weeks alone, I've flown over 50,000 miles and worked in four countries with students, parents, and educators from four continents.
Hopefully, with a bit of a slower travel schedule in December, I can catch up on some other things that are important to me, including blogging here as well as working on several recording projects in which I am involved.
In the meantime, I want to share a video I find very moving.
As you watch it, keep in mind that the "Generation We" depicted in this short needs the progressive guidance and wisdom our best educators can offer them.
- We, the educators, need to be front and center in facilitating the development of a better future for our youth, the hope of a better tomorrow.
- We, the educators, need to shape and fashion an educational setting that speaks to the deepest part of who we are inclusively as an American people, what we as a people cherish in our souls, and what we as educators fundamentally believe is sound educational practice for the children entrusted to our care.
- We, the educators, need to aggressively re-evaluate and re-invent our instructional practice.
- We, the educators, need to offer the youth of our nation the very best job performance we can breathe our life breath into in this moment.
Never, in my lifetime, has America needed more what we, the educators of this land, can rise up to provide. Never have we needed to be more politically and civically active, more socially active and responsible, more attentive and inclusive, more participatory in the shaping of our communities and our nation's future.
This is an historic moment. This is the time for metamorphosis!
This is a call to our destiny!
*Not to be confused with non-partisan policy positions such as those espoused by NCLB!