We all have experienced a time in our life when we go shopping for a new school year, enjoying the thrill of buying new clothes, shoes, computers, gadgets and other school materials. This year my 4- and 5-year-old children were very enthusiastic about their new backpacks for school. We visited many different stores finding just the right one for each of them. It has been a very exciting time for us as our first child went off to “big kid school.”
As a daughter of educators, enthusiasm for learning was engrained in me at an early age. From pre-school to my doctoral program, I was thrilled by the opportunity to make friends or expand my network and to learn new skills. But I easily fall prey to my enthusiasm turning into the materials I can purchase or simply just wanting that certificate for job promotion, all the while missing the intangible, which is to understand for ourselves and to teach to our children the immense power in having an education that produces knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. And even greater, we need to learn and teach how our world’s knowledge relates to our walk with Jesus Christ.
Most of us are probably starting a new school year in one way or another, as teachers, parents, and/or students. And in the thrill of preparing to start out this school year right, we need to remember the intangible. In future articles we’ll focus on filling our “backpacks” with the intangible tools for success in our walk as lifelong learners.
“Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.”
— Beth Ackerman
School of Education
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