“Education must enable a man to become more efficient, to achieve with increasing facility the legitimate goals of his life.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said this in 1947, during his time at Morehouse College. For me, as a career educator, it’s a perspective I try to keep in mind on a regular basis.
Dr. King understood that the battle against oppression and bigotry couldn’t be won solely by marches and the passing of legislation. He knew full well that when people wish to rise up and succeed, and see their children and children’s children succeed, to an even greater degree, they need a strong foundation of education, knowledge and understanding. Essentially, that’s education’s role in society.
In 1963, Dr. King said, “Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.”
The central concept within this quote is something I find myself sharing with New Brunswick’s staff and students on an ongoing basis. Continuous learning and becoming more aware of how our world works, is often an extremely difficult undertaking. Yet, it is essential if we wish to achieve success, whether as individuals or as a group. From my perspective, the simple reality is that those with less education tend to be not as successful as those with who spend more time learning. We can never stop or pause in the work that we do; continuous learning is the gateway to success. In essence, our work at New Brunswick Public Schools is important to the community in which we serve and are crucial drivers toward prosperity and equality. Our charge to prepare, empower and inspire lifelong learners and leaders will equip everyone to pursue their dreams and goals.
Dr. King said in 1960, “If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl. But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.”
I will continue to be inspired by Dr. King’s bold actions and I believe that many at New Brunswick Public Schools will be as well. We are all servant leaders in our work and our job is to improve the lives of the students we serve. I will end with this quote from Dr. King for us to ponder, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”
Thank you New Brunswick School community for your continued desire to improve everyday!