Tonight as we watch Mary Poppins these lines poppin to my head:
The children must be molded, shaped and taught
That life’s a looming battle to be faced and fought
If they must go on outings
These outings ought to be
Fraught with purpose, yes and practicality!
These silly words like superca…
I will go again to the school board again, this time to ask them to change their policy about field trips. I think as it currently stands I may not be allowed this year to take our student council to our state capital in Santa Fe. Every year we go, representatives and senators come out to greet us, and we are alway the guest of Senator McSorley, who generously greets the students and briefs them on the goings on. Two years ago, Justice Daniels greeted us with his Winnie-the-Pooh tie on, and said his daughter went to Monte Vista. It is refreshing for the politicians to have grade school visitors, I’ve been told time and again. I also think it is politically savvy to keep the path well worn between public education and the public. But mostly I’m an impractical person who believes that just getting the students out is reason enough to get them out. I think it is necessary to teach the joy of life as a staple of the school day, it is the only place some students have an opportunity to learn it. The work of life needs to be infused with joy. Or, as Bert would have it:
You’ve got to grind, grind, grind
At that grindstone
Though child’ood slips like sand through a sieve
And all too soon they’ve up grown
And then they’ve flown
And it’s too late for you to give
Just that spoonful of sugar
To ‘elp the medicine go down
The medicine go down, the medicine go down.
So much misdirection comes from this idea that learning is a means to an end. That we must drive and test our children, like we adults know what its all for, when I think that really children balance that notion with the means as the ends; that this is the moment we have now, and we don’t know where it goes to, but maybe we can go and fly a kite anyway, and balance work with the enjoyment of the moment and each other.