My driving force has always been hope for the future. That everything I do is buttressed by this incredible hope for the future. Indeed, that everything we do in education is held up by the same.
There is a lot of talk about hope lately. There has to be because some pretty hope-less events are happening.
Men are being killed for the colour of their skin and their killers are not being punished for the colour of theirs.
Women are lost/missing/disregarded for their ties to the land.
Children are dying for a difference in matrilineal lineage.
If we look at the comments to almost any article written about these events, the situations seem even more dire.
My dilemma is that I place hope in the future. Or towards the future. So today I question: must hope always refer to the future?
If I focus on hope, do I deny the good being done today, for today?
As educational leaders – and to this I include teachers, consultants, administrators, support staff – we need to lead our learners to find the actions and events infused with hope that are happening in the present.