Independent thought is responsible for the world we know. Whilst not every thought must be revolutionary, it is the development of each thought and the combination of these thoughts that allows --- or creates, reform and progress. You may try something a thousand times and fail. Yet, that one time that it succeeds we are left with the most profound innovations -- government, technology, education, and social progress.
Questions. We -- parents, educators, and mentors must ask the questions. We must ask the questions that prompt the students to ask questions. We must, at many times, answer their questions with questions themselves. The overwhelming goal -- we must lead them in the right direction.
So, yes. My job is to ensure that one day I’m obsolete. I hope that one day my students no longer need me. I hope that one day my students will have more to teach me than I can teach them. I learn from them each and every day. Yet, I know that one day they will teach me even more because if I do my job right, I will one day be obsolete. They will know how to learn. They will be curators of independent thought. Independent thought, to any degree, plants the seeds for tomorrow’s world.
I want to build a community for our children and grandchildren in which they feel that no challenge is insurmountable ---- no thought too abstract --- no idea seems inconsequential.