Education Editorial: Reunions

While class reunions may not be organized to impact student performance, there may be a relationship.

Having graduated from high school and college and taught in the 60's, I now find that my rearview mirror has a 50-year landscape. A mirror is "an object that reflects light that preserves much of its original quality subsequent to it contact with the mirror." This past June marked fifty years since high school graduation, and so high school friends from the '60s gathered this week to celebrate and talk. A 25th graduation is accented with tight clothes, "looks", careers, perceived success, homes and cars. The fifty-year reunion focuses more on who is still alive, baggy clothes, retirement, food, and pictures of grandchildren.

Permeating all of the years and memories is the smile that comes with recalling that special teacher. Janice Williams, my English teacher for four years, is one of those. While she passed this year, I have had the chance to tell her how important she was to my life.

Go to your reunion, talk about those who helped shape you…and your children will continue to understand the value that you place on education. Oh, it may influence their achievement!

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