Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Students can take advantage of fresh start

By the Advocate Editorial Board
Aug. 21, 2013 at 3:21 a.m.

On Monday, Victoria Independent School District students will face a sobering fact. As their teachers and students of a few other schools already know, school will soon be back in session.

After VISD's convocation, we know the teachers and district leaders are pumped up and ready to go, but we hope students will be ready and willing to take on the new year as well.

VISD has made some changes over the past year, including welcoming new teachers, shifting administration positions and working to develop a new curriculum after the state dropped the CSCOPE curriculum mandate. With all of these changes, students have a lot of new and exciting things to look forward to this year.

Honestly, we know the truth. Most students aren't thrilled about coming back to school. Going to school means a loss of leisure time, spending hours sitting under florescent classroom lights in uncomfortable desks and learning facts that can seem irrelevant to everyday life.

But school is much more important and serves a larger purpose than keeping kids busy and forcing the memorization of countless facts. School is a place where students should receive positive reinforcement and encouragement to be and do the best they can. Teachers face the huge responsibility of not only teaching children but also inspiring them and pointing them toward their true potential in life. Every person, whether from an affluent, influential family or growing up on the streets, has the potential to live an inspiring life. It is up to teachers, in conjunction with the child's family and friends, to help draw that out and equip students for success.

As teachers put the finishing touches on their classrooms and families finish up their back-to-school shopping, we encourage students to approach this year as a fresh start. Whether last year was a great or a horrible experience, it is in the past. This is a brand new year, and we encourage students to take full advantage of it. Join a club, play a sport, do some extra credit or just try something new. This is a time when you have the freedom to explore your interests and determine who you want to be.

Welcome back to school, students and teachers. It's a new year, and we look forward to seeing what you will make of it. The future is up to you, so do your best and remember to enjoy your quest for knowledge.

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



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