Teachers and administrators are faced with the task of educating children and preparing them to be successful and positive contributors to a global society. Despite the growing number of mandates regarding standardized testing, while certainly important, I would argue that most educators believe in a somewhat different mission and value of education. I would define a school’s mission as being:
To develop a passion for life-long learning and a desire to reach one’s full potential.
Educators go to work everyday because they want to make a difference in the lives of their students. Teachers understand how important it is for their students to receive an education in order to have a successful future. There are salary and degree statistics that prove those who earn higher levels of education will earn more money versus those who do not. However, for teachers, their mission goes well beyond ensuring their students will be financially well-off.
The real mission of education is to help students value learning for the sake of learning. It is to help ignite a spark to follow a life passion. It is to help them become intellctually curious, develop 21st century skills, and be confident, independent, and responsible citizens. No wonder why so many people say, “I would never be a teacher!” But for us teachers, there’s no other job we’d rather be doing.
We strive to help our students find meaning and relevancy in their education, to answer their question, “When will I ever use this again?” To help them develop their life and career goals and encourage them
to follow their dreams.
Perhaps not all of us dreamt of becoming educators, but we ended up with this massive and awesome responsibility to serve our students and we love it. And although others may think our mission is impossible, we all know that is not the case and that for each student whose life we influence in a positive way we get closer to being able to say, “mission complete.” And that’s really what a school’s mission is all about; ensuring that all students succeed, are prepared for the real-world, and become passionate, life-long learners.
What is your belief about the mission of a school?