When talking about raising our children, at some point, we all acknowledge, it takes a village. As a parent, guardian, or teacher, sometimes we limit ourselves to ONLY leaning on others as a last resort—seeing it as a weakness that we couldn’t get it all together and had to ask for help.
This go-it-alone mentality is the source of much of our isolation, resignation, or depression. As humans, we come alive in relationships, sharing our gifts in common pursuits with others. One of the reasons I am so excited by the vision of learner-centered ecosystems is that it acknowledges none of us can do it alone—whether we are a learner, a parent, or a teacher.
The vision of ecosystems restores health and vibrancy to kids, adults, and communities alike because ecosystems are about the multitude of human connections, first and foremost. It is about honoring and recognizing the wisdom, traditions, assets, and opportunities held within the people and places of our communities. It is about building community for and with our young people and enabling them to see and value the communities in which they live and operate. And, it is about more fully tapping into all that young people have to offer when it comes to tackling and addressing some of the most significant challenges facing our communities, all while they are learning and growing themselves.
In this month’s Voyager, we explore the difference it makes for kids, families, educators, and communities when community is a priority. Enjoy!