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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.”
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
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.
What’s your take on education?
- 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.