I have already lost count of how many snow days we have had here... but it seems like each week we are off from school once again because of a freak snowstorm. Today was another day.... tomorrow will be another.
Today I spent about three hours with some of the boys trying to dig the convent cars out. They are adorable but I'm not sure if I will be able to get out of bed after shoveling for so long. We only got one car out! One car after three hours of work. I can't believe it! Also after the three hours of work we had hot dogs and a snowball fight. That was their pay for all their hard work!
This year I chose as my yearly intention the survival of Catholic Education. However, I am wondering more and more about the survival of education period if we are never in school! Now again we are hearing that there will be another storm next week. The kids are loving it, but as a teacher, I am exhausted with the lack of instructional time.
I love being a teacher and being in school. I wonder all the time how we can respond to the needs of young people through Catholic education. It is getting more expensive, enrollment is going down, we are losing our ability to be in the worst neighborhoods, discipline is lacking because of family dynamics - and we have more and more students who are non-Catholic (not a bad thing because it is evangelization, but we must educate our own children.) Another struggle is forming young men and women into the adults God has made them to be when their lives are filled with over-sexualization, partying, lack of self-discipline, and lack of motivation. We have to be everything to them and there are less and less sisters teaching in schools who can be available all the time for our children.
Just some thoughts on the situation as we approach Catholic Schools Week next week - if we are ever in school again!