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Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Some tips for second half of school year

By By the Advocate Editorial Board
Jan. 5, 2014 at 4:02 p.m.
Updated Jan. 4, 2014 at 7:05 p.m.


Welcome back to school. The second half of the school year starts Monday for many, and we hope students and teachers are looking forward to another period of learning.

We know not everyone is excited that school is back in session, but we hope everyone can find something to enjoy during their time in the classroom. Learning is a lifelong habit that begins in the confines of the school campus and expands into our everyday lives.

With that in mind, we have a few tips and goals for everyone involved in the education process from students up to administrators and beyond.

Students: Find a way to enjoy learning. Everyone is different, so you may not learn the same way as the kids sitting next to you, but you are all capable of excellence if you are willing to try. The old saying "knowledge is power" is true. It is powerful because it equips you for the future. Grammar helps you clearly communicate with others, math helps you do tasks as small as counting money up to building skyscrapers, science is used to invent and improve some of the most important things in our daily lives, and history teaches us about humanity so we can plan a better future. If you put in the effort, you can learn valuable information that will help you for the rest of your life.

Teachers: Share your passion with your students. You have the unique opportunity to touch dozens, maybe even hundreds, of lives every day. That responsibility would be wasted if you do not use what inspires you to in turn bring forth a spark of excitement or interest in your students. Yes, not every child wants to be there, and not all of them will listen, but the ones who do will be changed for the better.

Administrators: Lead with confidence and love. As you walk the school halls and interact with the students and teachers, remember that you are the ones at the helm. Your decisions affect everyone in the school, and your strength and confidence - coupled with the love and respect you show others - will give a feeling of security and trust to everyone.

Education is about more than memorizing facts and figures. It is how we should equip and raise up the next generation to lead in our society.

As this new semester begins, we hope that everyone will work together to help Crossroads school districts remain strong and prosperous and safe places for students to learn and grow.

Thank you to all of the teachers and staff members of VISD and other school districts in the Crossroads. We look forward to another semester of quality education and leadership.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.

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