I was told by someone recently that they missed my blogs so, if not “back by popular demand” but back for at least one reader, I’m venturing back into the Blogsphere once again.
For now, I want to share with you our quotation for the week at school, and perhaps link it to someone I heard on the radio before Christmas. First, our quotation comes from Aldous Huxley, who wrote that “There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of influencing, and that is your own.” That may seem contradictory to our school vision statement of “we believe in the power of education to improve lives – and the world.” However, “the world” starts in our school, in our home, in our place of work, in our village or town. There, as Huxley states, we can be certain to have an influence – and hopefully a positive one!
This quotation also reminded me of a radio interview with the Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield. His background, achievements, and philosophy made compelling listening. Growing up in a farming community in a country which did not even have a space programme, Chris was inspired to become an astronaut when he saw the moon landing on 20 July 1969 when he was a boy. He thought about what he would need to do to become an astronaut and live in space: fix mechanical things (so he studied mechanical engineering at university), fly aircraft (so he took lessons and obtained his pilot’s licence), perform first aid and even minor operations (so he spent months working in ER departments in hospitals) and finally with the development of the international space station, learn a foreign language fluently (so he spent twenty years learning Russian). His motivation to do all this was a daily belief that, with every new piece of knowledge or skill acquired, he moved one step closer to his dream.
Chris Hadfield achieved his dream through education. And now retired, he has become a great educator, and inspiration, for children interested in space. Why not take a look at some of his videos from the international space station, and be inspired too?
Thanks for reading.