I suppose my biggest regret in life is that I didn’t get a college education. I used to think that someday I’d go. I’ve let go of that now. I realize that all I really want to do in life doesn’t really require a degree. However, I never want to stop learning. I am always reading, researching, and trying out new ideas.
Though I know it is not necessary to have a college degree to make it in life. It is highly important to me that my children get a good education. I guess as a parent, I want them to be afforded the opportunities I wasn’t. That being said, I also know there are many valuable lessons for them to learn in the school of life. These lessons will shape them as people and directly affect their futures.
It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense. ~Robert G. Ingersoll
It seems I have recently been bombarded by “educated idiots”. I have a lot of patience, but I draw the line on plain stupidity. I wonder how some of them actually managed to receive college degrees. It worries me even more to know that these people are in charge of sensitive material and important tasks, yet they are incapable of simple everyday tasks.
I think morals and manners are just as important in the real world as an education. An education alone will not suffice. It might open doors, but it takes more than that to reach the next level.
Memorization is a great tool, but not of great use if one does not have an understanding of the concept. In school. I spent hours memorizing numbers and trivial data, but it was much later in life that I actually comprehended what I was studying…and now I don’t remember the trivial data, but it is the understanding of the concepts that is important.
I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. ~Mark Twain
Though I was a good student, I learned as much through social interaction and in plain living as I did in a classroom. The lessons with the biggest impact on me have been life lessons not things I’ve read from a book or have heard in lecture.
I am not an auditory learner but a visual one. You can tell me something and chances are you will have to tell me again. If you demonstrate it, I usually get it right away. I admit it is taking me a bit longer to learn my bike gears! But my point is that we each learn differently, and the most important ideologies are not necessarily taught in a classroom.
A child educated only at school is an uneducated child. ~George Santayana
Education not only starts at home but should be encouraged and nurtured on an ongoing basis. Parents have just as important roles in their children’s educations as teachers and the entire school system. Never underestimate the prodding of a parent or the power of a teacher. Personally, I have had two teachers who influenced me greatly, and I am still in contact with both of them. One was an elementary teacher, and one was my high school English teacher. I credit my elementary teacher for introducing me to reading and writing poetry and my high school teacher for her encouragement of my writing ability in general.
I think it is important for a child’s basic education to begin at home. As great as Sesame Street and preschool teachers may be, it is not their job to teach basic strucure that should come from parents. It is a parent’s responsibility to teach their children morals and manners, both of which are lacking in today’s society. Children also should be taught at home that their contribution to society and the world in general is important. I don’t feel they should be raised to expect the world to take care of them. Don’t we all want our children to grow up to be productive contributors to society?
The problem I have found with many educators is their enforcement of their own opinions and beliefs on their students. I witnessed my own children having their papers marked down because their thesis did not correlate with the attitude of the instructor.
As parents, it is our jobs to teach our children that they can listen and understand others ideas, but not have to believe in it. They also need to be taught that it doesn’t make them right or wrong, nor does it make the other person right or wrong. We should all learn to be respectful of the ideologies of others. Being accepting does not mean one must sdopt them for their own.
The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think – rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with thoughts of other men. ~Bill Beattie