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Sunday, October 24, 2004

A Philosophy Retreat

I'm looking forward to a late fall philosophy retreat with a group of grade 12 students. Back when I was a teacher in school, I gained a reputation for finding excuses to take my students on outdoor education excursions. Very often, our outings gave students opportunities to reflect on who they were and what they really, really, really wanted to do with their lives.
Often returning from our outdoor education experiences, my collegues may wonder what we were doing while my students missed his/her class.
I distinctly recall one teacher reminding me, "Todd, you know these kids are going to university next year don't you? They need to be prepared."
Indeed, thankfully, I know of know better experience than taking our young people out of the school system to walk in the world, often nature, and reflect on who they are and how they wish to contribute to make the world a better place.
As a guide on these journeys, I can think of no more important role to play than that of a tour guide helping students on these outdoor education learning experiences discover who they truly are.
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