Genuine Leaders Shape the Future

 A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus, but a molder of consensus.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Leadership is indeed about taking action to shape a preferred future rather that looking around for someone, somewhere to uncover what might be someday. Martin Luther King Jr. was a genuine leader in that he shaped a vision for the future of American society that would recognize and celebrate the diversity and inclusion of all peoples no matter their race, color, or creed.

While we have not fully achieved that vision, we have made progress as a society beyond what Dr. King spoke of at the time “… we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics…”

The vision he laid out some 53 years ago, has become even more inclusive and diverse as our society has acknowledged our changing demographics and the contributions of folks that were previously forgotten or ignored. Today, the vision includes all men and women – black, white, brown, straight and gay, and people of non-Christian or Jewish faiths.

As we reflect on the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, our focus should be on how his shaping of a vision of a future American society has helped us move forward, and what our society would be like if he had been a searcher for consensus, rather than a molder of the future.

The question for all who are in leadership positions in education and beyond is are we searchers of consensus in our work, or are we molders and shapers of a vision for the future?If we are genuine leaders – we must be willing to take on the risks of taking action to mold and shape the future, and not sit on the sidelines searching for consensus.

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MACS OFFICE CLOSED MONDAY, JANUARY 16th for the MARTIN LUTHER KING HOLIDAY

Minnesota K-12 Education Subtraction and Credit

As people start getting their materials together to file their income tax forms, it is an appropriate time for schools to remind parents of the Minnesota K-12 Education Subtraction and Credit Programs. The subtractions and credits cover; fees for after school programs, tutoring by qualified instructors, music lessons, field trip expenses, and home computer and educational software, to mention some of the expenses that qualify.

Minnesota has two programs—the K–12 education subtraction and the K–12 education credit—to help families pay expenses related to their child’s kindergarten through 12th grade (K–12) education. More information about the subtraction and credit programs can be found at:

http://www.revenue.state.mn.us/individuals/individ_income/factsheets/fact_sheets_fs8.pdf