Growing up, I counted down the years until my education would be complete.
Five more years of elementary school.
Two more years of middle school.
One more year of high school.
On graduation day, my learning was complete. Now I could get busy living, right?!
What was I thinking? Does education end with a diploma? I'd like to know a profession that works that way. Even doctors, who go through the most extensive training, gradate and then "practice" which assumes continual learning.
Education is not a Segment
Webster defines a segment as: a part cut off or divided.
In math, a line segment is the distance between two points. There is a beginning and an end. This is how I grew up viewing education. You start in kindergarten and you finish in 12th grade.
Sadly this concept gets transferred to ideas. If I want to learn about American Government, I just need to take a semester long course and then I know about American Government right? And what if I don't learn? Was it due to a poor teacher? Was it simply because I didn't apply myself to the learning correctly? I should be able to learn it, correct?
Education is a Ray
We ought to think about education more as a ray. The Math Open Reference defines a ray as: A portion of a line which starts at a point and goes off in a particular direction to infinity.
When we inter into a field of study, that is simply the beginning of a lifelong pursuit of learning. Even those who are at the top of their field of study could attest to the vast amount of information that they do not know.
How do you keep education from becoming so finite and cultivate a lifetime of learning?
Betsy Strauss is an unexpected homeschooler, mother of three, who is in a relationship with a sweet man for life. She loves reading books, drinking coffee, and learning anything with her kids.