- Academic knowledge?
- Excellent, well-rounded programs?
- Both inner and outer development?
This "from inside to outside" program provides an underlying stability for the school, but it is not enough. Every school needs a plan or procedures for what to do if an emergency arises. Whether the emergency be one from nature or from an individual, schools have to be prepared.
Imagine a fire burning out of control across a river. The water is a huge protective barrier, protecting the land and people from the fire across the way. But a possibility exists, even if slight, that a spark might make its way across the water. A wise town would prepare a plan for such a situation, even if the chance were only slight.
Maharishi School is no different. Last week it reviewed with its staff its emergency plan--what to do in various situations. Entering my 33rd year of teaching, I am proud of the professionalism of the school in its development and initiation of emergency procedures.
We can never plan for each and every possibility. The possibilities are just too many, too complex--we could even say unfathomable. However, we can do our best to make sensible arrangements in advance that can be initiated in unusual circumstances.
- "Safety first."
- "Be prepared."
- "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."
- "Well begun is half done."
I wish all students and all schools a safe and successful school year.
Copyright 2011 by Thomas L. Kepler, all rights reserved