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We Train the Future
By John Soulé, AAA principal
September 2015

Flying is not my favorite activity, but I was glad for an aisle seat on one of my frequent flights up to Washington before I moved here. Passengers were still boarding the plane, and I secretly hoped the middle seat next to me would remain empty so I could have a “seat and a half.”

Soon, though, a smartly dressed businessman indicated that the middle seat next to me was his. We shuffled around, settled into our seats, and engaged in small talk.

“What do you do?” he asked.

“I’m a teacher.”

He replied, “Oh,” in a condescending tone and I just wanted to hit him! I calmed down for a moment and then asked, “Sir, what do you do?”

“I’m a CEO of a construction company and we build magnificent buildings.”

He generously asked for more information about what I did in education.

“I train our future: our future contractors, our future businessmen, our future teachers, our future dentists and doctors. Again, what do you do, sir?”

He chuckled. “Oh, I understand.”

Education is the most important thing to me in the world because it helps provide a way to transfer values between generations. Schools work together with homes and churches to present Christ in a positive way to children and teenagers.

As students come to an Adventist Christian school, like Auburn Adventist Academy and its education partners, they learn more about their parents’ values and discover how to find their own place in the world as a Seventh-day Adventist Christian. Education, then, is the connection point between now and the future…for our homes, our schools, our churches, our communities, and our eternal home.

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