I’ve had some awesomely thought-provoking email conversations with a couple of gals lately. We’ve been discussing education, and the how and why of it.
A few years ago, I was introduced to a new way of thinking about education that shook me up and left me feeling dizzy with glee: Instead of teaching the children everything we think they need to know by a certain age, why not teach them to love learning? If they love learning, and know how to learn, then they can continue their education far beyond K-12 and even college.
Children are born loving to learn, don’t you agree?
Unfortunately, much of modern academia strips children of this gift, leaving them disillusioned, listless, frustrated, and bored. They can’t wait to put down those school books at 18 and never pick one up again. Or they leave college frustrated that they wasted all that time and money on a career they’ve realized they dislike, but don’t think they can do anything else. This is not just “regular school” specific, of course. Many homeschoolers leave their home school and never look back at books or learning again, too.
Why? Because the learning process, as they knew it, was absolutely boring.
Letting go of the textbooks and the “shoulds,” we can instead notice education as it shows up in real life…
…as well as through great literature, well-written music, inspiring art, and through many other mediums. By offering up an interesting education, learning becomes fun and the child keeps his gift from God: a love of learning.
I was going to add a bit more, telling you how our family implements this into our days, but I’d first like to get your thoughts. I love this article, and particularly this page, about actor Will Smith’s thoughts on education. Read that, then let me know what you think.