Any teacher will tell you that the first day of school feels more like "The New Year" than December 31st. It seems unlikely that a new school year will ever be rung in the way we do with a calendar year. A hangover and a brand new group of enthusiastic students would not seem to be a good match. However, as the days grow longer again, so do hopes and dreams for the future.
I wish you all the best in 2011. I know it isn't easy out there---and it doesn't look like the upcoming year will bring an end to all the financial and policy strife for schools and families. As for me, I've been looking at the current situation (at work and at home) as an opportunity to pare down and figure out what is most important to me. What are the critical components of good work? What sorts of things do I need at home? Since the job market, economy, and housing situations are all catawampus at the moment, it's a good time to let anything extraneous go...and pick a spot to land.
So here's to safe landings in 2011. Raise a glass to new beginnings and the opportunities that come with change. May the next 12 months be full of hope for all of us.