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Learning that Lasts

Posted on Friday, January 6, 2012 in History, Thoughts on Education

With all the talk of kids and early learning it’s a relief to find out, in my mid-thirties, that learning doesn’t end when we reach the end of school. ┬áIn fact, I would be willing to bet that I’ve learned more in my years out of school, than in my desk wearing knee high socks.

As an adult and homeschool mama, learning again through a child’s eyes, I’ve discovered, among many other things, that:

- I can paint

- I enjoy hiking in the woods

- I can be good at math

- I love learning about birds

- Great children’s book are still great when the reader is no longer a child

- And history is one of my favorite subjects (this one makes my husband particularly excited)

I hope my kids actually learn plenty during their school years, but I also hope they get these joyful moments of discovery for the rest of their lives.

I overheard this quote last night as my husband watched a documentary about the historian, David McCullough. He’s speaking about my epiphany with history (even if he didn’t know it at the time).

“History is not about dates, and quotes, and obscure provisos. History is about life, about change, about consequences, cause and effect. It’s about the mystery of human nature, the mystery of time. And it isn’t just about politics, and the military, and social issues, which is almost always the way it’s taught. It’s about music, and poetry, and drama, and science, and medicine, and money, and love.”

Bring on the comments

  1. As a lifelong lover of learning, I don’t have much to add here. I just had to say: I love that you used the word epiphany on Epiphany!

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