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Work and self-worth

Increasingly, we are what we do and say, what we make and communicate. We know Einstein by his physical theories, Walt Whitman by his poetry, Dali by his art just as Mark Zuckerberg is synonymous with FaceBook, Jeff Bezos with Amazon, and Steve Jobs with Apple. On average, we work a third of our lives, some very much more. Work provides us not only with our livelihood, but friendships too, sometimes a social or intellectual circle, often a network of similarly inclined folks. Work has become essential, not incidental, to our lives and to our place in the community and in the world. It is no different for our students. They too need to look forward to the prospect of a career, to a social network of similarly inclined folk with whom they can communicate, to the opportunity to be creative, to contribute, and to feelings of self-worth and self-esteem that only come from accomplishing what is valued by others.
At Village Glen, we are passionate about preparing our students for the future, about offering them classes that provide a solid grounding for real-world problem-solving, or a step towards a college level class that will further their goals. We encourage them to explore their interests, to further and broaden them. We encourage them to find new challenges; school provides the perfect place to try something new, something previously untried. In this way they find their own strengths and interests, and develop their potential in new and surprising ways. We hear much in the news about the shortfalls in so many technical areas for the foreseeable future. Our increased dependence on technology will guarantee that the shortfalls persist, that those with specialized technical expertise will be in high demand. The message for us all, student, parent and teacher alike, is to choose our work wisely, to prepare for it well, and to explore and exploit our strengths. That’s what we will be most and best rewarded for, and in this way enjoy the fruits of our labor.

Real world problem-solving
Real world problem-solving

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