This morning I returned to The Davis Academy after Passover break to find my fellow administrative colleagues smiling and chatting animatedly. What had I missed? A kindergartener, Jacob, had come to school with a book that he’d written (and illustrated) on the topic of “Passover” and told his teacher that he wanted to share his literary creativity with the Head of School. Eager to please, his teacher escorted him to the Head of School’s office so he could proudly share his book. In showcasing his work he was sure to point out a few interesting features:
1. He was not only the author but the illustrator too.
2. The book was dedicated– to his teacher.
3. On the back of the book (14 pages in length he pointed out) it said “PJ Library” because Jacob intends to submit his manuscript for publication to the PJ Library (a Jewish publishing house).
Education is about inspiration. It’s about kids being challenged to dream, imagine, and create. It’s about creating the desire and the ability to envision new things and bring them into being. It’s about empowering Jacob to grab some markers and wide-lined paper and write a book. Then it’s about celebrating, publicizing the daily miracles, and believing that the future will be brighter than the present because of our efforts and the children we teach.
At least that’s what education is about at The Davis Academy.