When we think of balance, we think of a scale, weighing out two objects, taking a little here, adding a little there to bring the point of the balance as close to zero as possible.
This is our current system of education, balancing the knowledge imparted to our children against the bubbles filled in on a standardized test. In this type of balancing act, anything can be made to balance and the items being weighed do not have to relate or connect to each other in any way.
Now, envision the balance of a tightrope walker that must move with the rope that is controlled by the wind, and balance becomes a give and take between the wind, the rope, and the walker, allowing each the freedom to become part of the experience in order successfully navigate it, taking the knowledge gained from the success or failure of the experience to the next.
As one, the wind, the rope, and the walker share the responsibility for the success of the experience. However, it is the tightrope walker who is in control. The tightrope walker makes the decision to stop, adjust, if necessary, and then move on, always cognizant of the conditions under which the walk is taking place, always prepared to respond positively to wherever the wind moves the rope.
When we successfully educate our children, they will be able to successfully balance on the tightrope called life, always looking ahead, moving toward their goals, using their gifts and talents to skillfully control the rope, remaining balanced through strong wind and heavy rains. And, when they make it to the end, they can reach back and help others determine how to best reach theirs.
Moving forward, looking back, that is what celebrating the New Year is all about. Moving toward new experiences, using what we have learned in the past to make better decisions for the present and future.
An excellent education must prepare our children to balance on the tightrope, not brace for the fall.
Happy New Year!
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