16 07 2010

Your level of education depends predominantly on : (fill in the blank)

The correct answer is: YOU!

I just began reading a book called, A Thomas Jefferson Education.

I’m not too far into the book but the book is basically about the difficulties that course throughout the education system.

The author, Oliver DeMille, makes an excellent point in the beginning of the book –

The level of education we attain depends entirely upon us.
HOWEVER – our desire to be educated can be greatly influenced by others (ie. teachers, parents, leaders, peers).

Essentially the role of the teacher is not to get a group of kids to vomit out the right answers every time a test comes around.

A GREAT teacher inspires the students to SEEK to understand and apply the principles presented.

I did an internship a little over a year ago with international PR firm, Porter Novelli. My internship supervisor, Tom Knox, was a passionate man. He was passionate about PR -but more importantly he was passionate about learning and progressing.

He gave us several books that he gushed over and said we would be smart read them carefully and think about how we can APPLY the principles taught in them to our current situation.

Interestingly enough, the book that ignited my desire to learn as much as I can was called the, Tipping Point, a book by Malcolm Gladwell about how a tiny event can have a dramatic impact. That book tipped (pun intended) me in the direction of a true hunger to be educated.

Thank-you Tom Knox for being passionate about learning and passing that onto me. Thank you Malcolm Gladwell for writing a book that tipped me. You have both changed the course of my life.

Now, imagine if EVERY student who graduated from Elementary, Middle, High school and college could say they were inspired to thirst for knowledge and progression and education.

There’s the problem.
Forget about all of the education legislation.
Let’s focus on putting passionate people in front of the students.

It is more important than ever that the youth seek after a true education.
Not a high SAT score, or all A’s – but an understanding of the world as it was, is, and how they can shape it’s future.

The scriptures tell us:

“The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.” (Proverbs 14:18)

Prudent individuals understand that knowledge is not given, but earned. They are willing to pay the price in order to be crowned with that knowledge.

? Who inspired you to seek to learn and grow?




One response

17 07 2010

I don’t know. I have a few favorite teachers but it was more people who believed in me and made me feel valued that inspired me.

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