Oh the places you will go was the overall theme of Pasadena’s Rose Parade this year.
This theme was based on Dr. Seuss’s book Oh, the Places You'll Go! This book is a popular graduation present and an estimated 300.00 copies of this book are sold during graduation season.
This book extols the virtues of education. Armed with a degree, the world is your oyster.
A quick scan of some top stories related to education in 2012 have been about attacks on children seeking an education, and teachers who have been gunned down as they have been going about their job.
The Sandyhook massacre just brought it closer to home, the senseless attack on students and teachers. However, further away, in countries such as Afghanistan, India and Pakistan, the war on education continues on a daily basis.
On Tuesday, Jan 1st, 5 teachers in Pakistan were gunned down as they were being driven to work.
Even if it is not always violence that one contends with in the teaching profession, it is then bureaucracy, budget cuts, and a lack of respect for the profession from students and the public alike.
Watching the parade, all the pomp and pageantry, yet the horrors of tragic stories like the ones above fresh in the mind, one could not but help recall that sometimes the places one will go to, armed with an education degree are not always the wonderful places that Dr. Seuss had in mind when he wrote this book.