Friday, February 25, 2011

the purpose of education

my attempt at being cryptic was posting Birthday by Marc Chagall on my facebook wall.
hooray for me! i'm 22 today!


ahem. composure.

i wanted to talk about the purpose of education. just what is exactly? the interesting thing is that each teacher has a different view. mine has become clearer and clearer over the past few weeks. hopefully, a teacher will say that understanding as the purpose of education, but a critical look at the current educational system would disagree. i've adopted the term "meaningful experience" in the past few weeks. i want to cram a bunch of unique learning opportunities into the classroom so that children can better understand. understanding, to me, is on both a personal and a global scale. i feel that this is appropriate to talk about today, my birthday, because we associate birthdays with gifts. we should be associating teachers with gifts, too.

i hope that you take time today to focus on and reflect on the teachers that you remember so vividly, be them good or bad. and, even though you may not be an educator yourself, if you are able to interact with children in any way (you may be a parent or a volunteer or a babysitter), i want to encourage you to give these children meaning.

if you are lucky enough to have the gift of life, you should be lucky enough to appreciate the mystery involved in living, too. reach out to someone.

"There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness." -the Dalai Lama

until tomorrow,
-katie b

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