Benefiting from a well-rounded education

Published 7:00 am Wednesday, January 20, 2016

As a former teacher, I realize the vast amount of work and effort put forth when you are responsible for the educational needs of the children in your care.
One of the most rewarding things about the profession is witnessing the student’s growth, not only academically but also morally.
Last week, I met with fifth graders at Southside Upper Elementary and I was impressed with their selflessness and desire to continue helping others in the future.
They cut out shoe patterns, which are going to be sewn into shoes for children in Uganda. From what they told me, jiggers, tiny bugs who fester in the feet, are a major problem for these children who run around barefoot.
I enjoy these types of stories where I get to interact with children. I often feel a touch of nostalgia for the school days and seeing my students every day.
In my opinion, there is nothing better than a well-rounded education.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, a true evaluation of a good education cannot be measured with a standardized test.
There are many ways to witness a good education in action right here in Pearl River County.
At Picayune and Pearl River Central High Schools, theater students are not only learning the art of acting, but also the art of how to work with others, a skill that will be useful, especially in the workforce.
In Poplarville, Career and Technology students learn the basics of cooking and how to work in a restaurant.
Nicholson Elementary students recently participated in a national STEM competition.
The list goes on. We’ve reported on many of the accomplishments of the students in this county and none of it has to do with a test.
Along with learning the basic subjects, they are learning life lessons that will certainly help them in whatever career path they choose.
I believe not everyone is meant to be a doctor, scientist or lawyer. The world also needs skilled trade workers and there’s no shame is learning a trade and performing it well.
In short, I’ve seen the many educational benefits the students in this county are receiving and I’m always happy to report on it.

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