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Thursday, September 01, 2016
OFF TO SCHOOL - Eleanor Shepherd
This week my almost-five-year-old
granddaughter started school.As I
looked at the photo my daughter sent me from her telephone, my mind went back
to the vague memory of my first day at school.I was five and a half.
technological changes in the intervening years have altered our way of
living.Yet in other ways, educational
objectives remain constant.Ironically,
even the buildings have a familiar look.I expect that the school Sanna will attend was constructed at the time
when my generation hit school age.We
were part of the post-war baby boom and schools were springing up all over the
place.One of the funny stories in the
family lore is taking my husband to see the ‘‘new school’’ that was opened the
year that I was in kindergarten.We had
been married more than ten years when I took him to see it, and by that time the school
had been open nearly twenty-five years, so instead of the brand new building I
remembered, it was a well-worn building that bore little resemblance to the
eagerly anticipated ‘‘new school’’ we had moved into as the first class, delighting
in the big round kindergarten room with windows letting in the light from every
school Sanna is attending has seen many students pass through its doors as
well.Yet there are also significant
changes.This little girl will be
attending a French school, as she is already completely fluent in English and
Swedish and the only language lacking to make life in her community completely
comfortable is French.Her preschool was
bilingual, so she has been exposed to French, but has not had the opportunity
to use it much with peers.This school
will provide that.
the small Canadian town where I started school, this was not an option.My only choice was English language
education.Even French immersion was
unheard of in those days.I had to wait
until I was forty to become bilingual.
language is probably not the most important thing that Sanna will learn at
school.She will also learn how to
function in social settings and I believe this is one of the great benefits of
public education.We learn how to be at
ease with one another and make room for one another, as we gain the skills of
communication and thinking clearly.As
education increases our ability to observe and assess our environment, we can
then discover consequences of decisions and learn to make choices.All of this occurs in the context of the
conflicting and corresponding choices of others, who make up the world around
kind of education equips us to discover the unique contribution that we are
able to make to our world as we discern our strengths and weaknesses, likes and
dislikes, our God given abilities and the gifts and talents we can share with
others. We also learn how our unique contributions can mesh and clash with
those of other people and how to work out the complications of the resulting
relationships.How fortunate we are to
have such opportunities! What exciting
possibilities lie ahead for my granddaughter!My dream is that one day the gift of this kind of education would be
available for every child around the globe.What a different world this could be!
Word Guild Award
Word Guild Award
Eleanor Shepherd, a Salvation Army officer
has a repertoire of over 90 articles published in several countries. A speaker and workshop leader at conferences, in Canada, the USA, France, Belgium, Switzerland, South Africa,
Australia, Haiti and Jamaica, her story appeared in Hot Apple Cider. Her
book More Questions than Answers, explains her style of evangelism by listening.