In America there is a trend to shun, if not remove, the word “spiritual” from polite and correct conversation. Unfortunately, the loss of that word can lead to a misunderstanding of education because, it, after all is said and done, is spiritual in nature.
This truth is tacitly recognized when one sits through a mind-numbing lecture with the unstated goal of passing facts from the presenter’s notes to students’ notes. There is a hurt associated with such teaching practices – physical, maybe, but most definitely spiritual.
Students may not be able to verbalize the difference between the mundane and the majestic, but they know it and they yearn, not for the mundane, but for the majestic – the stuff that ignites the spirit.
May our classrooms strive for the majestic with a goal to reach our students’ spirits.