Last January I embraced the word hungry.
I like to think I lived that word in 2016 at the crossroads of competing and curiosity. Without a doubt, my relentless competitiveness was always only just below the surface (and even sometimes above the surface).
So what about 2017?
There is a lot of negative energy coming out of 2016. Like many I am left shaking my head. Throughout my life I have always thought that progress was always a forward moving event – so progress for human rights around the world, for example, was something that was always improving. And those who looked to limit rights or push against those rights – whether they are based on gender, race or sexual orientation were on the wrong side of history. So, coming out of a year that produced a lot of fear and disappointment I look to a word that will guide me and speak to possibility.
While not my favourite of the Star Wars series, like many, I saw Rogue One, over the recent holiday break. And the final word spoken by Carrie Fisher takes on a greater meaning after her death. Her word that concluded the film – hope.
Those of us in education are in the hope business. Education is about possibility, it is about creating opportunity and it is all about hope. Education is about the hope of parents that their children will become good citizens, the hope of students that they can work to be better versions of themselves and the hope of all the adults in schools that we can find better ways of connecting with the students we work with every day. The more I think about hope, the more closely I link it to the creativity and curiosity we are so wanting to better instill in our students and our system.
And on more concrete terms – let’s have hope that the politics that lead up to and then follow the upcoming provincial election build hope and opportunities for public education. Our hope for a better world is tightly linked to a strong education system locally and globally.
And then returning back to Star Wars, let’s hope that Episode 8 that comes out in December is everything good we got from Episode 7 but even more.
To quote Leia from The Force Awakens, “Hope is not lost today… it is found.”
What word is guiding you for 2017?