The Offensive Line and Elementary Education
In our conversation, the elementary school principal said that elementary education is very similar to the offensive line in football. The work they do isn't always recognized, doesn't come to the forefront of anyone's mind when a football team does well. Yet, the work of the offensive line leads to success of the offense. The running back gets the lanes to run through, the quarterback gets the time and pocket space to make passing decisions, ... He said that those in elementary education don't often get recognition, don't have the fanciest buildings or supplies, and often takes the most heat, just like the offense line in football.
That was definitely a new analogy for me. It's one I want to ponder more on. But for now, considering how the principal has experience at all levels of K-12 education, I am definitely thankful for his perspective, recognition, and appreciation of those of us in elementary education.