Each is divinely unique…
I can’t tell you how often I hear people speak about the inadequate, if not non-existent¬†”guidance counseling” in our schools.¬†¬†I just heard another story today!¬† In my time as a teacher, I could see that¬†there was something lacking, that not much at all had changed since my high school days when the foremost experience of¬†our so-called guidance counselor was that she walked the halls a lot holding a cup of coffee.¬† So naturally, my first thought was to blame the staff person placed in that somehow vague position of guidance.¬† I mean, it’s an official program, there has to be a job description attached to¬†the role, so what is the problem?
What I¬†find is that these folks do not have the time to¬†do a proper job, given the numbers of students and the fragmented time they have remaining after addressing ancillary duties, assigned to them by superiors who need to respond to a variety of demands.¬†¬†It just does not matter that¬†those assignments¬†are¬†not in their job description or that “guidance” is sacrificed.¬†¬†Something’ s got to give and the smart kids know where they want to go, anyway–they’ll find their way once they get to their campus.
Today, while I no longer blame¬†¬†guidance counselors for not doing their jobs (as I define it, I guess), I do believe that at minimum they need to be resourceful enough to help parents help their children.¬†¬†There are many professionals out there, me included, who have a desire to guide children in doing work that is meaningful to them.¬†¬†To discover where it is they are best suited.¬†¬†¬†We can act in an¬†adjunct capacity or entirely independent¬†but the point is that we are here.
If counselors can step up in this way,¬†it can be a wonderful¬†gift to busy parents wanting the best for their child.¬† We can only imagine how appreciative they might be, knowing that before they spend a great deal of money educating their child, they have an assurance that they have done everything possible so¬†that in the end, their child will be happy and fulfilled, doing work that ties directly to their¬†unique needs.