Weekly during the 2014-2015 school year, And There Came A Day will begin the week with a quote and quick thought about Ignatian Education.
“He feared you might follow old Obi-Wan on some damn fool idealistic crusade.”
~ Ben Kenobi, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
Today is May the Fourth, otherwise known around the geeky parts of the world as Celebrate Star Wars Day (May the Fourth be with you… get it?). This is a good day to feature Obi Wan summing up in five words what might be the path of every good teacher and every effective leader: “some damn fool idealistic crusade.”
With only weeks left in the school year, teachers, administrators and students alike are running on proverbial fumes. Students know there is a light at the tunnel’s end: no matter what year they are, they will graduate, eventually, they will leave the school, they will move on.
For teachers, it’s not so simple. They look to the end of the year as they have in years past and begin to ask the questions they’ve asked so many times before.
“Did this year make a difference?”
“How did I make a difference?”
“Was it all worth it?”
These are good questions to ask, introspective and reflective. It’s the answers that can be challenging for clear answers to questions like these are always in short supply. Perhaps the best we can hope for ourselves if we are teachers, perhaps the best we can hope for all teachers is that they have enjoyed this year’s damn fool idealistic crusade and that they embrace next year’s as well.
We need more foolish idealists in this world.