Like a lion they crouch and lie down, like a lioness–who dares ROUSE Them?
- Numbers 24:9, The New International Version
Although I was a successful student, I wasn’t great at everything. I remember the feeling of frustration and helplessness which threatened to overwhelm me as I struggled with my math homework. Once, during class, my frustration exploded as I burst into tears, rushing from the class after yelling at my teacher, only to return red-faced and ashamed a few minutes later. I remember sitting terrified in German class, watching the clock and praying that the teacher wouldn’t call on me, counting the seconds until I could escape without having to speak in front of the class – ironic, considering much of my time is now spent as an itinerant public speaker! These experiences epitomize everything I believe education should not be: disenfranchising, enfeebling, paralyzing. Education should be about empowerment – rousing we lions and lionesses into consciousness of our own capability and strength.