The 76th annual American Education Week will be celebrated this week, Nov. 16 to 22. Itís a time to recognize the many accomplishments of public school teachers and students, as well as the exciting activities taking place in classrooms. Itís also a time to applaud the efforts of other school personnel responsible for the education of our children, from bus drivers to school secretaries.
The theme for this yearís celebration is ďTeaching Children to Think and Dream.Ē
American Education Week was first established by the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Legion in 1921 as a way to spotlight the need for education to combat the illiteracy and the lack of physical fitness that plagued American youth in the wake of World War I.
ďEducation is about possibility,Ē explained Bob Chase, NEA president. ďIt enables young people to fulfill their potential, develop ideas, and imagine a better world. Without education, children not only lack skills they need for the future, but they also lack hope.Ē
During conference week at the Paynesville Area Middle School, students worked on setting and achieving goals for themselves.
ďWe had students think of what they are learning to think and wonder about in their classes this year. Then they were asked to connect that learning with something they wanted to do in the future (their dream),Ē Kim Gulbranson, Paynesville teacher, said.
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