We overlook love. With the arrival of each of our three cohorts of teenagers this summer, I invest anew in the capacity of these students whom I don’t yet know. We started the Foresight Prep @ Oberlin program with a steadfast belief in the need to educate younger generations about the sustainability-related challenges they will have to navigate. I aspire to create a motivating experience, a positive inflection in their lives, just as many teachers have forged for me. While possessing an engaging delivery and refined pedagogy is important, I’ve realized that an unconditional belief in the inherent worth and capacity of these high schoolers is imperative. Looking back, it is what separated teachers skilled at delivering information, and from whom I learned, from those who inspired me to transcend the perceived limits of my abilities, and from whom I grew. I want my students to leave here in a week having glimpsed, if not grasped, a greater sense of their capacity for growth, impact and personal achievement. The source of this impulse is mysterious to me. It can be exhausting. But every day for the last five weeks it has fueled me, for which I’m grateful.
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