You made it to Thanksgiving break! Though we set aside a special time of the year to be thankful, we know that we all should be thankful at all times. One of the things for which I am thankful this year is that I work in an art studio and not a factory. “Wait,” you might think, “I thought you worked at a school.” Yes, I work at a school, and the dominant metaphor that governs most education is that of a factory—push the students down the assembly line until you produce the final product.
As far as metaphors go, I prefer to think in terms of an art studio. To be sure, both the factory and art studio aim at a final product, but a masterpiece is very different than just another widget. Sometimes masterpieces require a bit of coaxing or starting over or nuancing…just like our students…all masterpieces. I say this on good authority. St. Paul states in his letter to the Ephesian church that “we are God’s masterpieces [workmanship]” (2:10).
So know that I am thankful for our art studio and I am thankful for each of your students and the families they represent (that would be you).