Dr. Maulana Karenga created Kwanzaa in 1966. It is a holiday celebrated from December 26 – Jan 1. There is a focus principle each day of the holiday. Although these principles are based on African values, I believe if we apply these principles in education we could improve our education system. Today’s principle is nia/purpose – to make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
I believe the purpose of school is to help children find their path, their purpose in life. Many times the adults leading the charge aren’t sure of or are afraid to commit to their purpose. Instead, we have a situation of the blind leading the blind. It’s hard to help children find their purpose when we don’t know ours.
I’m not into making New Year’s Resolutions. I think it is silly to wait until a predestined time to decide your goal or your next step on your path. If it is mid August and you want to make a resolution or a goal, you should. If you don’t know what your purpose is don’t wait until 2018 start reflecting now.
As you are considering your individual purpose, think about how your purpose will contribute to the collective purpose of raising our community of children. You don’t have to be a parent to be part of this community.
My purpose is to educate, encourage and advocate for children whom I come into contact. I didn’t always know this was my purpose, but now that I know, I do my best to use my skills and talents to help children and their parents. Our community and school will never became great if we don’t have purpose.
Applying Kwanzaa Principles to Education: Day 1 – Unity
Applying Kwanzaa Principles to Education: Day 2 – Self-determination
Applying Kwanzaa Principles to Education: Day 3 – Collective Work & Responsibility
Applying Kwanzaa Principles to Education: Day 4 – Cooperative Economics