Sunday, September 30, 2007


Choosing a word at random from a set of Angel Cards and this is what I picked on a Sunday: Education. Of course, the word is most associated with receiving an education, as in going to school. It can also refer to someone receiving "an education" in life experience. Dealing with love, romance, heartache, heartbreak, dreams, successes, failures, what works, what doesn’t work. All that stuff of living our lives each day.

Education: The act or process of educating or being educated. The knowledge or skill obtained or developed by a learning process

educación en Español
éducation en Francais

Education can mean learning, although with the current emphasis on standardized testing in public schools, it sometimes means learning to take the test, so to improve those ever-important test scores. Not a balanced approach, IMHO.

But for me, education has mostly been a positive concept. I’ve always loved learning, and continue to do so, which is why I take online courses in French and Spanish. Or write a blog, read tech stuff, take photos, check out the news, play music. Books are vital. Art is vital, as is music.

Education, learning is vital—necessary for my sanity. Is it for yours?

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You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.
~Clay P. Bedford

Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned.
~Mark Twain

Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

education might not be "received" as much as "prepared", as a meal to be successful involves actively deciding on the foods, assembling available ingredients into a possible recipe, and preparing the conditions for the parts to unify. Current educational jargon calls their version of this "constructivism," a students "constructs" meaning, but that would imply that meaning isn't "out there" to be seized, but no one constructs a food chain in order to cook, they assemble available substances & meanings into pattern, as does your dancing figure framed by a window, she makes her pattern with a pane, her pain & joy to feed the space that also feeds her.