Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Tuesday SOL There are varied paths

I am determined to submit a blog post for the Tuesday "slice of life" - in the midst of a very hectic time in my life...

My classroom, empty, clean, organized, waiting for the onslaught of preschoolers.

My basement, stockpiling, waiting for the departure of my youngest son for college. [Sorry, no photo!!]

Yes, my baby heads to college this weekend.

We've had a summer full of teenagers and young adults,
passionate about so many different things.

Consider, these pursuits -

- studying criminology with an emphasis in forensics, wanting to solve crimes using technology and science;
- playing polo;
- entering the Marine Corps;
- fluent in several foreign languages and interested in international studies;
- a baritone singer, passionate about opera;
- love of engineering;
- working on a master's to become a history teacher;
- still another, headed for a Phd in biochemistry;
- kinesiology, working with lacrosse team, helping them to excel;
- studying law, particularly interested in public law and becoming a judge;
- singer and songwriter, playing guitar;
- tinkering with computers to create electronic dance music;
- studying psychology and neurology;
- helping battered women;
- marketing and business - particularly interested in starting a small business;
- majoring in speech pathology, interested in helping adults with special needs;
- creating documentary films;
- gender studies;
- working with the homeless;
- art, especially computer-assisted design;
- theology, wanting to become a minister;
- dance and exercise;
- writing comedy, particularly for websites;
- directing theater performances.

I know there are more...others I have left out...but, when I reflect on all these varied interests, passions, pursuits, I get very excited about the future.

This is the goal of education -
to cultivate passion about learning in our students, and
to provide the means for them to pursue their individual goals and interests.

Here's to another great year of learning -
whether you are three years old or college-bound!


  1. So many interests! Yes, this is the goal of education. You've got exciting times ahead of you as they develop their passions.

  2. Hi Maureen! Best to you on the weekend when you say goodbye. It isn't easy, yet that's what all we parents wish for, as your post reflects, passionate learners. Love the list you shared. What conversations must have flowed in your home!