We put a great deal of premium on learning these days. The educational system has been modernized and upgraded at a certain pace in order to become relevant to the changing needs of the times; different approaches and methodologies to learning has revealed a great chasm between the “old school system” and the “modern school system” that it is so difficult to catch up with what our kids are being taught inside the classroom and even during educational trips outside the school premises.
Educational institutions are part of the intellectual fabric that binds our society together. These institutions train our children, build enough diligence to make them do their homework, cultivate their young minds to harness creativity, and instill essential values to help them prepare for a greater conquest later on in life.
Learning should be educational but it’s supposed to be fun, too. The educational part is what they are going to learn; the fun part is how they are going to learn and how to discover for themselves.
There is a funnier part though: what was not being taught in school but our kids learned anyway. Where did that come from? The usual suspects may no longer apply. Friends? Classmates?
What our kids watch on TV, what games they play in the computer and mobile device and the language influences they are bombarded during those engagement – these are the things that they learned and experience on their own.
Self-discovery is one of the great foundations of learning. This is what makes learning fun and spontaneous, but dangerous. Children must be equipped in such a way that will enable them to distinguish what is virtuous from all the things they see or hear; these will give them the wisdom to tread carefully the road ahead of them.
Most importantly, learning institutions must ensure that children are prepared to accept who they are (including their imperfections) without passing judgment on others; they must be taught to look at their mistakes as learning opportunities – not as failures.
To paraphrase John Stuart Mill: “a single child, trained properly to have a solid belief, is equal to a force of ninety-nine who only have interests”.
Belief is a formidable strength, belief is an incredible power. When this one child grows up and becomes wise enough to control that power, he can contribute something to change the world – he can do things that can change the course of human history.