A clear glass lies atop the counter. A young child fills the glass to the half-point mark with water. Is the glass half full or is it half empty? The answer could very well depend on the respondent’s attitude.
English philosopher James Allen has penned the following words:
Mind is the master-power that molds and makes,
And Man is Mind, and evermore he takes
The tool of thought, and, shaping what he wills,
Brings forth a thousand joys, a thousand ills:-
He thinks in secret, and it comes to pass;
Environment is but his looking glass.
The public education system in Morgan County is brimming with wonderful opportunities for those students who seek to fill their minds with knowledge and learning. It holds great promise for parents who want best for their children in the upcoming decades.
It has been my privilege as superintendent to visit every school and the classrooms in our system on many different occasions. Without exception, I have found teachers and most students engaged in the learning process.
One of the key elements in the success of the district must be attributed to the amazing support of parents. Parents play a vital role in our system and show their support in a myriad of ways ranging from volunteering to making regular visits to the schools and classrooms.
These are the people and conditions that create an environment that fills the glass of life with knowledge and turns the keys to a productive and prosperous future.
Of course there will always be those who see the glass as half empty and are eager to point out the negative rather working to than extenuate the positive. But as I have seen time after time in the course of my career, they represent a small minority of the constituents of the district.
Tom Brokaw has said that, “Education is the currency of the 21st Century.” An educated person with the will and determination has opened before them countless opportunities. Those that choose not to make education a priority will face uncertainty and locked doors.
I want to personally thank all of you who work to support our schools and children and have made education a priority. The year 2012 holds great promise for those who see the glass as half full and rising. Together we can make a positive difference for our children and grandchildren. Happy New Year!