These amazingly beautiful sunflowers were ALL planted the same day, getting the same sun, rain, wind, and temperature. By nature, they are designed to turn toward the sun as it moves. Yet, some flowers are facing full on, some to the left, some to the right, some even away from where I stand on this Roman highway on a gorgeous summer day. The farmer cannot control more than planting the seeds after having prepared the soil. They grow as they will, some taller, some wider.
If these sunflowers are not exactly the same, having experienced the exact same conditions as all the others, how can we possibly expect our students to be the same as one another, with all the variables they have experienced long before the time they arrive at our classroom doors? There is diversity everywhere.
Consider now the lilies? No – consider the seeds that have become the students in our schools. How were they cultivated, nurtured, and under what conditions? No two will ever be the same. No politician, parent, government, program, money, or testing can force them to be something they are not, or push them to maturity until they are ready to bloom. Let our students develop at their own pace, to their own beauty, with as much nurturing and every advantage as we can provide.
~ deb marciano Fall 2013 ~