takes us to happiness. Photo by: GPE/Jawad Jalali Access and Privilege Of course, the opportunities of this new golden era dont extend to all. The world has changed, and school has not. Why else might a wilderness trip, a good discussion, a serious relationship, or an international adventure feel more significant than an entire year of school? In the fairy tale of Rip Van Winkle, a villager living in New York state in the 1700s wanders into the wilderness, falls asleep, and wakes up to discover a different world.
What is it to be Educated
What, does, it, mean, to, be, well
Needs need to be differentiated from wants: needs are obligatory and maintaining them means to survive; wants may be temporary and achieving them might change something or abandoning them may not cause any shortcomings. Every adult is fundamentally an educator, and every parent is fundamentally a homeschooler. Will Richardson, will Richardson spent two decades as a public school educator before he left to begin speaking to parents, teachers, and administrators about the obvious realities of school that few educators want to discuss what he calls the elephants in the (class)room. Living a life means striving to attain the necessities and gain the provisions to survive. By Pashew Majeed: Twitter: @pashewmajeed, a reading response to Happiness and Education by Nel Noddings.
What the people of the past believed to be immoral, we call being well-educated. History is one long bloody record of wars, slavery, servitude, religious persecution, and other forms of extrinsic motivation with one brief, bright window in the last 200 or 100 or 50 years (depending on who were talking about) where common people actually had the chance. Even if none of these are realities for you, I hope youll still believe its possible to give your child an education rather than a mere schooling, because authoring ones life is not (and never has been) the exclusive right of the privileged. Of course, Rip van Winkle might also physically discipline his kids, insist that they get full-time jobs at age 14, expect more from his sons than his daughters, and blurt out some racial epithets every now and then.