Upon Graduation From High School, Is There More To Life Than Being An Independent Thinker, Prepared For Success In College, Career, Or The Military, And Citizenship?

Abraham Lincoln said, “The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of the government in the next.”

What is the philosophy of Texas’s K-12 public school rooms?

There isn’t one, at least there’s nothing called a philosophy.

However, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has a vision embedded in its Strategic Priorities:

The TEA works to improve outcomes for all public school students in the state by providing leadership, guidance, and support to school systems, working towards the vision that every child in Texas is an independent thinker and graduates prepared for success in college, a career, or the military, and as an engaged, productive citizen. To achieve this vision for public education in Texas, the Agency has outlined specific strategic priorities to guide and focus our work on behalf of the more than five million school children in our State.

The vision for Texas’s students is commendable: high school graduates who are independent thinkers, prepared for success in college, career, or military, and citizenship. In a public school setting, it may be the best that can be proclaimed.

But is there more to life than what the above vision implies?

Yes.

“Why am I here?”

“What is my purpose?”

“Is there something or nothing after this life?”

There are many life questions that go well beyond TEA’s vision that are never formally addressed in Texas’s public classrooms.

One might argue that these questions and their like are, and legally should be, off limits in Texas public schools.

Fine.

In this writing, there is no problem with that assertion, but that’s not the point.

The point is that there are implications. What are they?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Beauty In The World: Dragonfly

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Haiti National Amputee Soccer Team: “The Hope and Inspiration They Provide Is Pretty Incredible.”

Haiti Nat'l Amputee Soccer Team

The Haiti National Amputee Soccer Team team came to Waxahachie, TX, on Nov. 15, 2017. The team visited Waxahchie Independent School District (WISD) classrooms during the day, and that evening played an exhibition game with the Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) mens soccer team at Lumpkins Stadium, WISD, on its United States goodwill tour.

“The hope and inspiration they provide is pretty incredible,” remarked Mr. Greg Reed, WISD athletic director.

Dr. Fred Sorrells, event coordinator for the team’s goodwill tour and President of Operation Go Quickly and the International Institute of Sports, noted that the 2010 earthquake in Haiti dramatically changed the lives of many Haitian men and boys. “We saw those folks, who before the earthquake had been totally able bodied, many enjoying soccer, and now all of a sudden had lost a limb. It was a huge psychological challenge that they faced, and we discovered amputee soccer.”

It is amputee soccer that provides physical, emotional, and spiritual support to these athletes. Instead of being outcasts due to their disabilities, Mr. Reed stated they return to Haiti “as heroes.”

The Haiti players, other than the goalie, have a physical attribute in common: part or all of one leg is gone. Goalies in amputee soccer have both legs intact, but are missing part or all of one arm.

And what is the main message that the Haiti National Amputee Soccer Team left for WISD? Mr. Reed summed it up, “I would say hope.”

 

 

 

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Beauty In The World

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Beauty In The World

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Warning: There Is More To Life Than What Texas Public Education Offers Its Students.

The Texas Education Agency’s Strategic Plan documents its priorities for all students of Texas public schools:

The TEA works to improve outcomes for all public school students in the state by providing leadership, guidance, and support to school systems, working towards the vision that every child in Texas is an independent thinker and graduates prepared for success in college, career, or the military, and as an engaged, productive citizen.

The priorities are admirable.

Yet, it might be helpful to ask if a student’s highest callings are answered in being an independent thinker coupled with preparation for “success in college, career, or the military, and as an engaged, productive citizen,”?

Would it be a fair question to ask myself, a Texas public school graduate, as my life journey neared its end, a self that had set forth to accomplish (and did) all that our public education system envisioned for me: an independent thinking, engaged, and productive citizen who was a college graduate, military veteran, and had a successful career, “Is that all there is to life?”

if that is a fair question, should students in Texas public education have the opportunity to be exposed to and intellectually wrestle with the larger questions of life, like:

  • Why am I here?
  • How should I live?
  • Where am I going?

If students do not get that opportunity, should they receive a warning that there is more to life than what can be taught in the Texas public education system?

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Please know that the Texas public education system is filled with many talented, caring, and well-meaning faculty and staff. This writing is not an indictment of those people. This writing is not an indictment. It simply raises a question.

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Beauty In The World – Gulf Fritillary

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