Post 52:

Purpose of school

It’s one thing we are lucky enough to experience, yet it is one experience which we are quick at resenting – school.

From the moment we talk to the moment we start thinking for ourselves, our brain is constantly growing, devloping and adapting to situations within our lives. Yet, we don’t thank ourselves for this instrument.

When was the last time you learnt something new?

Perhaps you haven’t thought that that article in the News a few days ago enhanced your knowledge. Perhaps you failed to recognise that that new button on the photocopier you used for the first time was a mini learning curve. Perhaps we have talked to someone, listened to what they have said and took note of a new word we haven’t gave much thought about, and now use it ourselves.

Do we really reward ourselves?

For some self-awards occur all the time. e.g. Wasn’t I great at spotting the discounted item today? For others they don’t come often enough. e.g. What did I press that button for?

So how do we reward ourselves, and why should we do it? Well rewarding ourselves for something we don’t do often is recognising that we have accomplished something. Once we go out of our way to do something new, we are enhancing our lives with new skills and knowledge. Perhaps such skills will be useful to pass onto our friends, family and others we have the pleasure of coming into contact with.

Get the balance right

Of course learning something new, or seeing a new aspect is good, but spotting a discounted item isn’t really something new. Something new, is something we have learnt (as a race) and something we can pass onto others. Albeit a new option on the computer. The fact that we can learn something new just lets us know that learning is one of life’s best gifts. So why not say Go me, I just did something I wouldn’t have known five minutes ago. Rather than rewarding oneself with unnecessary self-rewards which we cannot pass on to the next generation, or even better our generation!

Learning is one of the greatest gifts we will ever have. So make sure you use this gift yourself, and pass it on to someone else. By doing so, we are embracing learning, and life itself.

Self-achievement, self-recognition … live on

Post 52, over and out


2 thoughts on “Education

  1. I really appreciate your vision of learning. I also think we can learn everytime and because I’m a future teacher in middleschool, I always keep in mind something: I’ll teach them a few things but I better not forget all the things my kids are learning outside school (with friends, family, Internet, activities, etc.). Your post makes a lot of sense for me.

    Thanks for your comments on my blogs. Especially the one about our politicians and how they should listen to us. The idea of a guideline crossed my mind already. But it seems like we are in a period where the leaders feel they NEED to act strongly even if it’s obviously useless or stupid. But I think they’ll regret their act… People are smart enought to choose what to do, and maybe the politicians aren’t expecting us enough.

    • You are what Middle school is all about: the holistic learning approach to aid young learners! Who said this generation of kids weren’t good?!

      You have no need to say thanks for commenting on your blog. Your blog addresses some real, up-coming and current issues. At times it is a pleasure getting ‘a say.’ Here’s hoping ACTA and PIPA (and others) don’t restrict the openness of the internet.

      Enjoy the rest of your weekend

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