I only know Richard Bach through his books but several themes come up so consistently that I’m sure they represent Richard Bach’s point of view. And since many of his books are set as autobiographical, it’s difficult not to think that we know him.
I’ve recently reread Richard Bach’s “Illusions” and “Bridge Across Forever” and they present very intriguing ideas about our existence beyond our mortal lives. For someone considering the meaning of life, they provide a lot of fodder for consideration. I first ran across Richard Bach when I read “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” for the first time many, many years ago. I then read “illusions” and “Bridge Across Forever” when they first came out.
While I believe that it’s possible that we create the realities we live, I don’t go so far as saying that they are all illusions. We can’t just think about something and it will magically appear in our lives. But at some level, we do influence what happens in our lives. For us less advanced souls, we can’t float a wrench in mid-air or make clouds disappear, but we can steer our lives in directions that we want.
Our children spend more than a quarter of their waking hours at school and their teacher(s) are the ones responsible for them and educating them on stuff they need to succeed as adults.
That means that our children’s teachers are the most significant influence on children after their parents. We expect them to keep our kids safe. We expect them to teach our children what they need to succeed. We expect them to teach kids how to work and play with others. We hope they’ll teach them how to face and overcome daunting challenges. If we’re lucky, they’ll teach them to enjoy learning and how to have fun even when they’re working hard.
This week was Back to School Night for local schools. Despite the effort required to get my old, broken-down body to get moving, I was very determined to show up and give teachers a chance to share what they hope and expect to happen this school year and take the opportunity to show that I’m keenly interested in what goes on at school. Parents’ attendence at Back To School Night is the single best indicator of whether a student will be successful in school. I hope that you care enough about your kids to attend. It doesn’t usually cost anything and only takes 2-3 hours out of your life.
By Back To School Night most parents are fed up with all the demanding and pleading for more money for a supposedly “free” education. It’s a natural reaction to say “no more!” but that’s not just ineffective at changing the system, it’s plain mean to people who are caught in the middle. If you want to fix the system, you need to find a way that motivates the decision makers which is surely not by depriving teachers of what they need to be able to teach.