“The fundamental purpose of school is learning, not teaching.” – Richard DuFour
It’s one of those in-between weeks where you have assignments but nothing too major. Usually these are the weeks we’re supposed to use to work on those major projects for the end of the semester; that awkward pause between the stress of mid-terms and the next round of ‘Graded Assessments’.
If you’re anything like me, you’re lacking sleep, tired of the taste of instant ramen, one assignment away from yelling and you’ve pretty much exhausted everything that you’re made of. But I wanted to take a minute to talk to you about the true meaning of learning. And to ask you a very important question:
What are you learning?
I’m not attacking the scholastic system (yet…much) and their (ineffective) way of testing intelligence. I’m genuinely curious in what it is you define learning as. Yes, its defined as the process of acquiring new or modifying existing knowledge, behaviours, skills, values, or preferences…yaddie yaddie yadda, blah blah blah. But most of us think of an educational institution when the word ‘learning’ is introduced to a conversation. Others think of the streets or the experiences that they’ve been through – lessons, so to speak.
All of this is learning, yes. But what is this knowledge that you are attaining and what are you going to do with it?
Things happen. Whether we want them to or not. And we learn from them – be it a fight with a stranger, a formula in a classroom, watching someone tilt the chair on its back legs at an impossible angle…
But as much as it is important that we see these lessons and process them, it is equally as important to ensure we are learning the correct lessons.
“Your life is not a simulation; it’s the real game. Play wisely.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich.
A lot of us are confused about what direction we want to take our lives in. We know the basics: be financially stable, be content with our careers, partners and lifestyle, possess good health and a firm affirmation in spiritualism (for some). But the details become blurred when we’re asked to give more. Especially when it comes to what we’re studying in school. Learning is more than sitting in a classroom and being told how to find x. As for me, I’m learning how to take charge of my life and opening my mind new possibilities. Your learning is your power and your responsibility. I try to learn something about yourself everyday; learn how to be content and humble; learn how to see the silver linings and trust in the kindness of strangers.
I learn, everyday, how to accept my humanity. And that of my peers.
What have you learnt today?