“No trumpets sound when the important decisions of our life are made, Destiny is made known silently.”
If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.
Currently, our school district has some special area teachers traveling to different schools to fill up every period in a time of “declining enrollment”. This includes Art, Music and Physical Education teachers. Heretofore, each building has had a full time teacher in each of these areas. When there was an unscheduled period, these teachers would run additional sessions in their subject area, prepare interdisciplinary activities, attend grade level meetings – that the instruction might more evenly coordinate, and extend the learning beyond the doors of each classroom. The only area that has remained untouched is that of the School Librarian. The research shows that schools that employ librarians full time (elementary and middle school NOT mandated by the State of New York,) have students that have better test scores, have a better understanding of the research process, and are better students overall. Something is being overlooked here.
Each child has a body, a mind, a spirit (soul). Each entity requires attention that the whole child might benefit. Each special area instructs and enhances a different aspect of literacy, a different aspect of whole-child education. Music and math work together, art and literacy go together, physical education and brain stimulation go together, the library brings all of this and more to a new focus, and together all of these areas support the whole child, the classroom teacher and the search for excellence in education.
Instead of working for the whole child, I believe this travel policy works against the team spirit of the school, and the district and the way that the Lord intended for us to learn. He himself told stories, drew illustrations, encouraged the disciples to move outside their comfort zone physically and mentally, and encouraged study in both literature and nature. Instead of the librarian being valued by their colleagues, infighting and discord has arisen to the detriment of all involved.
I say all of this that you might see the role of each in the team, in the education of each of God’s children, and in the destiny of the children and education in the future. Please pray for your school district and each member of the staff, the administration that guides them, as they move into the future of the education of new leaders.