Respecting the dreams and talents of our staff and students is a central theme this year. Sir Kenneth Robinson said it best, "education is not linear - its a great lie really, to think you start in kindergarten and march straight through college until you land in a great career. Those days are history". Instead, Robinson suggests that the arts and creativity are keys to the future. MPS is on a mission to become a world class school district. We believe to do so, we must create the environment for our students to learn to learn - so they can become 'life long learners'. We will embrace the creativity and respect our students' dreams!
Our opening day Extravaganza was awesome by most accounts. I am so happy that our risk to try something different paid off with good time had by all.
In my address, I shared the W.B. Yeats Poem “He Wishes For the Cloths of Heaven”
HAD I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Inwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
W.B. Yeats (1865–1939)
I ended my address with "Very soon, our students are going to come into your schools and lay their dreams beneath your feet – please tread softly!"
I wish everyone a great new school year!