John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, said, “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” To create the next generation of leaders, we have to create the next generation of learners. Learners have to be able to make mistakes, take risks, listen with open minds and humility. They must understand that they do not have all the answers, but be willing to learn every day. As my husband might say, in a quiet moment, this is where I tend to get myself into trouble. I often move toward a solution that appears obvious to me before listening to others.
The good news is that learning is a lifelong skill. As a person who loves to learn, there is hope for me yet.
Fischer notes “school is not a race, but an adventure in learning.” Let us remind our children and ourselves that we, and they, are not racing to a finish line. Instead, we should focus on making the most of the trip, picking ourselves up when we fall, focusing on moving forward, and learning along the way. Learning makes a difference.