During my time visiting schools I’m always aware of the pressure that our young people are under – it can feel like a heavy hand that weighs upon each of their heads. It’s a pressure to perform, fit in and achieve. However, I am also struck by what it means for an educator to light and ignite a passion in a young person. When that passion begins to burn strong that’s the point at which their balloon of ‘I can and I am’ and their constant resilience is set in place. We need to realise as parents and educators that our young people are under pressure academically and socially (social media) and more pressure from home is not always what is required. If we can do our best to uncover and ignite a passion then we have done a good job in helping them journey through this season of their lives.
To conclude, I love this quote from WB Yeats: “Education is not the filling of a pail, but rather the lighting of a fire.” Maybe we can use this Christmas holidays to converse, listen and observe and thereby help our young people?!