There are about 60,000 students starting the new school year in Wichita alone. With more than 50,000 students, Wichita’s 259 is one of the largest school districts on the plains. Add in the Catholic schools, the independents, and the suburban schools and we have about one in four residents in the area going to class in K through 12.
I haven’t even mentioned those attending the several universities in the Wichita area.
The beginning of the school year is an exciting time for many of us. As a grandparent, I’m looking forward to another year of educational growth, along with all the extracurricular fun my grandkids will enjoy. I think it’s good to remember that school is not only meant to prepare young ones for the working world. There are also a great many social skills to be learned, and art and athletics and clubs to be enjoyed.
Education is not just “the 3 R’s”. We expect our schools to develop terrific citizens.
Some look at education only as a huge expense. But I think it’s also a crucial investment.
Our thought for today is from Og Mandino:
“Take the attitude of a student, never be too big to ask questions, never know too much to learn something new.”