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Education, Learning, Schools

Today’s topic covers you from birth to death. There is never a time during that timeline in which you are not learning. Education can be formal or informal. As a retired teacher and instructional consultant, my career was formal education. Most of us spend at least 13 years acquiring a formal education. Add pre-school and graduate studies, the span of formal education may reach from age 2 to nearly 30 – a bulk of our lives.

So why do we expend this kind of energy educating ourselves and our children?

“Change is the end result of all true learning.”

Leo Buscaglia

Yes, we want change even though sometimes we hate it. We want what we lacked for our children. We want the world to be a better place. Often we fight change. We get mad at educators as they carve a path through today’s culture to create tomorrow’s. We rail that they don’t have it right.

In 2020 most parents worldwide had the opportunity to take their shots at providing full-time education for their children or grandchildren. It was a learning experience for all. For some it worked out beautifully, others felt their children lost a whole year of schooling.

“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” 

Malcolm X

Colleagues edit papers during graduate class.

We could dispense with schools, but we don’t in spite of the improvements in technology. Schools are more than an institution, a definition of culture. We know what happens in societies where education is non-existent. We can trace back to a time in our own countries, where education was limited to the rich and poor youths found their own way.

What was life like? What happened to all the energy and the impressionability of youth? Were they guided by rational thoughts or led astray by adults with a bent towards violent solutions?

Even royalty or political leaders often found education limited. I love to watch shows like The Crown or reading biographies about Catherine the Great and other leaders. Their education or lack thereof, sometimes shocked me.

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school”.

 Albert Einstein
Our teacher, Pam

Baby Boomers past the age of formal education still go back to college to learn or refine skills they missed growing up: art, music, photography and even to get new careers. Others learn from the internet or from making connections.

I’ve spent the last nine years since my retirement learning how to become a better writer and photographer. I’ve had face-to-face classes to learn how to paint, quilt, make gift boxes and fancy eggs. I learn from the internet how to cook better meals, keep my house better organized, win at pickleball, understand cats, and stay healthy.

pysanky dying uncooked eggs
Making decorated hollow eggs called Psanky looks tedious, but our teacher Helen Bauer made it fun.

What’s your take on education?

What’s UP

  • Check out what’s going on with Story Chat this month.
  • PPAC 10 will be here on Friday rather than on Cee’s Blog. Even Cee needs a little break.
  • Sunday Stills will be on Natalie the Explorer’s blog for three weeks in part because Terri will be visiting me (and lots of others) I’m so excited.
  • Ju-Lyn TOURING MY BACKYARD included one of my links on her blog post. That was serendipitous. Thanks Ju-Lyn
  • What’s coming up on your blog? I look forward to hearing from you this week about education.

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  1. Your post is full of positive energy and shows why most of us get up in the morning…to learn something new, Marsha! You are so right about boomers and (Our) their zest for life-long learning. I mean, who could just sit around all day and watch TV? Some do, and that is sad. I miss my educator role at the university but I now embrace my leisure time to try new things, like cooking and experimenting in the kitchen and just being more domestic. I never had much time for these endeavors, even when just teaching, and I didn’t have a new home with room and storage. When your kitchen is tiny, the last thing you want to do is mess around in the kitchen! Sorry to miss this prompt. but it will be worth it to hang out with you in a few days!

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  2. Great Post Marsha. I love learning, from little things like language when visiting somewhere new (I always try to learn the basics; hello, goodbye, please, thank you and WC – haha) to proper courses. Since my LB has come along, time for formal education has been limited but I’ve learned so many other skills (yesterdays was assembling a toy train track lightning-quick after being caught in the act of trying to tidy it away – haha). Hope you like my entry for this week:
    https://new2writing.wordpress.com/2021/08/18/who-will-you-discover-a-poem/
    Take care.
    KL ❀

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  3. Very nice… And like you I often wonder how people from before us ( I am rewatching The Crown) could learn.

    As for myself, I too have been back to school a few times. I think as we get a little older we realize we want more information about what we really love.

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      • Right now, I am learning to let go. lol. I returned to school before I came to Arizona to study horticulture. When I arrived in the desert it was a game changer. I knew nothing. Luckly the Botanical Garden has a plant a landscape certification course. I loved and and even planted and tended to gardens on the grounds. I just love learning. When we travel. I read everything I can to make sure I am seeing everything I can.

        What was your video? Is it for a YouTube channel?

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        • Learning to let go is hard! You sound like a super interesting person. I love that you got a landscape certification. What fun. You remind me of a brilliant consultant that I worked with. She apprenticed herself to a man who raised irises and had an iris farm in Porterville. He ended up giving her tons and tons of prize bulbs. She planted them, and when they bloomed brought 10-15 beautiful bouquets of flowers to work every so often.

          The video I did for Sunday Stills and FOTD two days ago. I haven’t put it on my youtube channel. That channel has only my narrated and unedited videos.

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          • I’m not sure how interesting I am, and yet I do love life, and use my time on the planet wisely. lol. I think my comparable work with your friend was when I volunteered to tend the gardens at the National Cemetary in Phoenix. I loved my time there, and what I never expected what the amount of people who found ME to share their stories. I wish I kept a journal. It was humbling, and enlightening at the same time.

            Neck surgery took that away…but I always find my way… Thank you for your kindness and friendship.

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          • I was a long battle. I think I am a warrior. lol.

            I think it was harder on my poor husband. I am not very good at sitting and doing nothing. Not much for TV either. PT was a Godsend.

            Hoping your surgery is quick and you are back to yourself in no time.

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  4. Life-long learning is a conversation that has come around several times with several people in the past few days. I hope we never stop.

    Thanks so much for mentioning me in your post. I was very excited to get a pingback this morning – it really made my day.

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  5. Education is such an interesting prompt. I taught for many years but now I’m involved with research, no much of teaching these days. I miss it, but not sure if I’d like to take a full load of classes again. Here is one of my favourite quotes about teaching, and I always keep it in my mind.

    “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire” Yeats

    I’m taking a little break from the challenges, recharging for September.

    Have a lovely weekend!

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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