Finding Fresh Starts in a New School Year


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MORE THAN 150,000 students are expected to start school in Mecklenburg County in the next few weeks. Take a minute and let that sink in. More than 150,000 people are going to be doing something different than they were the day before. That’s roughly two Gastonias. Nearly three Huntersvilles. About four Matthewses.

Now think about the number of adults who work to make it all possible—parents, teachers, school staff, bus drivers, administrators.

Somebody has to get the kids up, get them to school, get them home safely, and see to it that they eat supper and do homework and go to bed in time to get enough rest to do it all again the next day. Somebody teaches them all day long. Those of us who don’t currently have children in school support this community effort to educate our young by paying taxes and, among other things, by resisting the impulse to pass school buses that have stopped to let off children.

For a lot of people, though, this annual migration into the classroom represents a fresh start. It’s a chance to learn something new. It’s a chance to try again to get the results we are looking for. 

Do you wish getting everyone launched in the morning weren’t a complete zoo every. single. day? Do you dream of overcoming the nightly battle over homework? Set aside that perfect experience, and test some small improvements. Find ways to turn these battles into family discussions about how to handle things that don’t instantly turn out the way we want them to. 

You have a whole school year to experiment. The kids might learn something. You might, too. 

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