Although we "do" a lot of things in school: sitting, listening, following rules, writing, reading, playing sports, eating lunch, seeing our friends, joining clubs; the primary goal of school is learning. If we're not learning, we're wasting time and we're losing an opportunity. If we're not learning, we're planting the seeds of lifelong struggles to support ourselves and our families; we're risking our dreams.
This is why schools are always looking toward the future. Elementary teachers are preparing their students to be successful in middle school. Middle school teachers are preparing their students to be successful in high school. And high school teachers are preparing their students to be successful in college or in a career. There is always a "next step"; another mountain to climb; another goal to achieve. Schools understand this and teachers understand this.
Pre-K to grade 12 contain a lot of "steps".
- 14 years of school
- 2,520 school days
- 16,380 hours of school
- homework, classwork, books, notes, pencils, laptops, studying
Just as children physically grow a little bit each day, they should also learn a little bit each day. In the end, the actual ability to learn will be their most valuable asset. In the end, we want all of our students to continually look toward their future.