Choosing Your Tomorrow Today
Choosing your tomorrow today. What does this phrase mean to you? Probably your first thought is that it conveys an understanding that what we decide today affects what we become tomorrow. Obviously skills, behaviors, and knowledge learned today increase or decrease the potential for us all to do things in the future. But is there more to this phrase? Can it be parsed out? Take each word one at a time.
What does this word conjure up?
Choice can bring empowerment.
Choice can develop responsibility and ownership.
Choice is an important concept.
What meaning comes to mind?
It can indicate autonomy.
It promotes voice—your voice.
It can also speak to personalization and individualization.
Tomorrow can mean the future.
It can refer to how our society and our economy grows, develops, and matures.
Or it can just refer to tomorrow, because the future starts today.
Is that the 21st century?
Or is it this school year?
Or is it now?
The decisions we make today—for our systems, our schools, and our classrooms—will affect what all of our tomorrows will look like tomorrow. This month ASCD launches its inaugural Whole Child Symposium—a conversation about the future of education comprising three events over eight weeks that includes not only some of the leading educators and thinkers, but also you and your voice.
So, what does it mean to you? What do you think is most important? What word has the greatest impact, the greatest potential, and the greatest need? Follow the conversation here on the blog, share your thoughts in the comments and by e-mail, and pose your questions on Twitter using the hashtag #WCSymposium2014.
Learn more at www.ascd.org/wcsymposium.