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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Educating the Young

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This week I have been teaching about the topic of education. We examined the various educational systems around the world and what is the primary objective of education. Among the videos I showed to my students was a TEDTalk "How Schools Kill Creativity" by Sir Ken Robinson, who shared that creativity is as important as literacy, and that those who are not prepared to be wrong will never come up with anything original. I also showed another TEDTalk by 13-year-old Logan LaPlante, "Hackschooling Makes Me Happy". The 13-year-old homeschooler shared that for him, the end goal of education was to enable him to achieve his life goals, which were to be happy and healthy.

As an educator, there are so many things that I want to impart to my students. Understanding content is important; so is analysing data and other essential lifeskills. But at the end of the day, as long as my students learn the value of learning; and imbibe the values that I adhere firmly to - that's enough for me. Students need to understand the meaning of lifelong learning; the art of continually desiring to learn. As a parent, I have a similar hope for my children - I desire for them to continually ask questions, and to always seek the answers for themselves. 

For education is a journey that will last a lifetime.

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