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Learning Never Stops

Posted by Kenny Sholl on January 19, 2011

Men of McCallie,

Learning never stops!

The years of your formal education are most interesting in that you are required to learn about a myriad of subjects and topics for which you may have little interest at the time. It is similar to building the foundation of a house. There is nothing glamorous about digging a footing, pouring concrete, and laying block. It is not as exciting as coming up with the design, finishing the trim, and choosing the furnishings. However, without a strong foundation, the house will always have problems.

I understand the feeling that goes with snow days. In our neck of the woods, it is exciting just to see the stuff falling from the sky. The unexpected and unplanned day(s) off are great, because they are spontaneous and unplanned……rare for this day and time. My wife and I were talking about this the other day and agreed that the best thing for people like us is that snow days force us to relax. However, nothing, and I mean nothing, should keep us from continuing to learn.

On Thursday, the boarding students assembled in the Chapel to hear and take part in an excellent presentation by Dr. Richey about the Civil Rights Movement in the 60’s and 70’s. Even though I lived through this time in history, I was amazed by how much I learned from the lesson. Men, it is important for you to know how we got to where we are today as a society. You can’t make effective and needed changes in our culture if you have no idea how things were and can’t make connections with the present.

I have two questions for you:

  • How much are you willing to learn?
  • What are you willing to do with the knowledge?

Welcome back to the “job site” where we continue to help you build your foundation of knowledge. Rest assured gentlemen, that if we have more snow days, learning will continue……one way or another.

With the hope of uninterrupted school days,

Dean Sholl

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