Spring is here in this part of the world. Hope rings eternal. I call it "the filling". The world replenishes itself and begins the cycle of rebirth.
Whenever I'm in need of a metaphor for teaching, I always reach for that of "sowing seeds". The teacher is a person involved in planting the seeds of knowledge and bringing the human spirit to life. To be a teacher and a sower of seeds, you don't have to be a paid employee. Mothers are teachers, homeless men are teachers, prisoners are teachers, taxi drivers are teachers, journalists are teachers. Teachers are everywhere - everywhere where one person knows and shares that knowledge - sends that knowledge into the soul of another.
I would ask us all to look around. Look and see what abundance we have and what luxury we can afford. We live in such splendor, most of us reading this. Cars, air travel, instant food, video on demand, libraries, ipods and ice cream on the beach We have so much but most importantly can BE so much. Why? What has led us to these great riches? One thing - teachers. Teachers that are able to freely share and spread knowledge. This is the environment that allows spring to do its magic - the free winds that might take knowledge everywhere. Access to information is what allows teachers to do their magic. Without it - the world would be a spotty place of green and grey, blue and black.
That's why as teachers this spring - we should remember how valuable the freedom of access to information is. It allows the wind to plant an Edison and nurture a Newton.
Technology too has given us the ability to create a green revolution. I grew up on a farm and know well the power of technology to seed. Teachers with technology (be they in a classroom or behind the tele or a teenager Skyping about volcanoes) can reach vast numbers of people who need knowledge to create splendour and green and growth. Of course technology can create headaches and harm but used well - it will help build even more splendor and splendor for more.
I ask all teachers to hold this metaphor to heart. It is all we are - farmers of souls. And there is a lot of importance in that..... let's remember that this spring and each thereafter.