Tweet “Educate and inform the whole mass of the people . . . They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.” — Thomas Jefferson
In the Summer of 2011, I sought adventure. Little did I know how intense and exhilarating my summer adventure would turn out to be.
One philosophy that has always remained the same in my life:
“If you want to learn something new, seek out who has an excellent record of achieving the very thing you want to learn.”
After seeing the test results and college acceptance letters from a number of graduates of the prestigious Delphian School in Sheridan, Oregon, I felt this must be the right place. I applied and was accepted for a 7-week summer teaching internship.
I would often ponder the dramatic differences in eagerness and ability to learn in children. I could find no consistent variable except that generated by the child himself. Did he WANT the education and find it valuable to achieve his life goals?
In truth, education belongs to the child. What he learns, what he accomplishes, how well he succeeds is ultimately up to him. The responsibility is truly his.
The old adage, “You can lead the horse to water, but you can’t make him drink” is valid for 7 and 70-year-olds alike, especially when it comes to education.