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Tuesday
Jun032014

School's Out (for the Children)

It’s a fascinating thing to experience a child as a student and not as a person you have to raise. 

As a mom, I fall into the routine of treating my own children in one of three ways:

(1) like they are the most brilliant humans on the planet

(2) like Smeagol treats his precious (as in, "we forgot the taste of bread... the softness of the wind. We even forgot our own name. My Preciousssses"

(3) like they’re trying to kill me

Being a child’s teacher, though, is different. It opens you up to a rich world where children are actual humans to be experienced in a multitude of contexts. Teachers see children for all the things they can be outside of belonging to an adult. There are the parts of them that their parents and their families have fashioned. There are idiosyncrasies they pick up from their favorite shows and games. Best of all, there are the parts of them that are just them.

You know that, right?

That there are parts of your child that you or society have nothing to do with?

That manifested from deep within them in a manner that they and only they chose to express?

I get to see that every single day. What we as adults have given them is beautiful, but what they do with that and produce on their own is truly magnificent. It was a good school year, and I hope the children have a blast this summer. As for myself, I'll be in Connecticut in a week playing student instead of teacher.  

 

Glue gun + Mardi Gras beads + Cardboard = South America.You want to teach them about polygons. They want to practice "concentric."

These children are some of the coolest people I know.

 

Tuesday
Feb032009

Fluff piece.

Do you ever contemplate the difference between knowledge, wisdom and education?

I do.

I know a lot of educated and knowledgeable people.

I know very few wise people.

A lot of people mistake these qualities as being the same thing.  In doing so, they rob themselves of the opportunity to learn valuable lessons from people who they perceive as being less educated or knowledgeable than themselves.

Often, people mistakenly assume that education or knowledge are the only credentials a potential teacher should have.  And by teacher, I don't mean someone who stands in front of a classroom.  I mean anyone.  The guy that cleans your pool can be a teacher, if you're humble enough to see that.

People seem to assume that education and knowledge guarantee wisdom.  I disagree.  In fact, I believe that, in some ways, if not approached carefully, a formal education can make a person less wise than before.

People forget that wisdom is what gets you through life's challenging moments.  Wisdom also ensures that you appreciate the beautiful moments.

Education and knowledge are handy and important.  But, I'm going to put my foot down and say that I find them to be secondary requirements for me.

If I had to choose between having an educated friend or a wise friend, a wise friend would always be my choice.

Any thoughts?

(Yeah, I get that this is a weak post, but I’m trying to finish up a thesis chapter that should have been done about a week ago and I’m too spent to give you anything decent).