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Monday, July 9, 2012

Education

It is not too uncommon in my daily dose of life for me to be posed with what would seem to most people like a simple question -

"Hi Paul! So, what are you up to nowadays?"

What am I up to nowadays? Hmmm.... how do I say this? Should I try and make this fluid and elagant... maybe I can make this sound a bit more professional than last time... maybe I should...

"Oh yes, hi Joe! I'm working on our family farm."
 (Alas -- it never comes out elegant or professional... at least not yet...)

"Oh, still on the farm? Are you taking any college classes yet?"

"Nope... not yet."

"Oh... so....... umm.... I see... well, did you hear about the new macbook pro on the market...?" --- the conversation usually meanders off at this point...


Why? Why is it that there is a common belief that college is the only road to success? Hmmmm... it is a good question actually.

Education. I believe in education. I love education. In fact college may actually come one of these days... maybe. :) (Don't take me wrong here... you might understand in a minute or two)

Recently a friend shared with me some powerful short speeches on our educational system. Outside of my own dear family I don't think I have ever heard such good expositions on the subject (at least in a secular light).

If you have a moment you might enjoy listening to Sir Ken Robinson address the topic:



Whose dreams are spread under your feet? Tread softly....

7 comments:

  1. Funny how we put so much importance on academics and money-making, and tend to relegate home duties to some inferior, "poor person's job". =\ In actuality, some of my best education took place in the past year - after 6 years of college - in the kitchen, at home. Character-building...TRUE Education. This is what really matters in eternity's scales! Why do we tend to place less importance on it? Good post. Good reminder. :) (Sometimes I need it, too.)

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    1. Amen - eternities scales... So true. :)

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  2. Really good points. I can very much relate, having only done on-the-job internships and no college up to this point. There are so many other options than the standardized system (though college is still a "maybe" for me too)! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  3. Lol, yeah I think I've had that conversation with you a couple times! I have to say though... When I think of our class and the turns each life has taken, your education stands superior to any of ours. I would trade nothing for the incredible experience I have had at OHC and I have no doubt it was the only way God could have reached me at the point I was at when we graduated.. But there are times I think of the experience you are having out in the gardens and fields getting physical exertion, time to study the character of Jesus through the things He has made.. And I get jealous... Someday I'm gonna just going to show up at your house and beg to work in your garden, haha! You're getting the education Jesus had... And if I remember right they didn't understand in his day either. And they thought he was really missing out on His only opportunity for success in life too..
    I think Sir Ken Robinson would really enjoy the book Education, btw! Lol. I love the way he thinks!

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    1. Oh Beth... I definitely do count my blessings... :)

      Your comment made me smile - :D If we ever do find you knocking on our door... well, I'm sure there would be room in the inn. ;)

      Funny that you mention it - I was thinking very similar thoughts about Sir Ken Robinson liking the book Education. Maybe we should send him one!

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  4. Hi Paul,

    Reading this post reminded me of the True Education Key Conference that I am doing on FAST where we study a portion of the book Education. I thought you might be interested so here is the link to the website: www.fast.st

    God Bless,
    Rebekah

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    1. Thanks for the link Rebekah! I am acquainted with FAST but didn't know they had a study on Education. :) Very interesting!

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