February 22, 2021

The Purpose of Education

"There is one reason to learn, there is but one purpose to education, and it is not to memorize the state capitals alphabetically. It’s to become a capable person of good character. That’s what we have to be teaching them. That’s what we have to monitor. That’s what we have to model."

Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash

So this excerpt came across my inbox today from an excellent newsletter called Daily Dad. And while the above quote is specifically talking about raising children, I believe it's pertinence extends well beyond the parent/child relationship. 

Education's purpose, according to John Dewey, is not the transfer of knowledge but the sharing of social experience so that children become integrated into the democratic community. 

Might we also consider John Taylor Gatto's claim that modern schools (American schools, at least) are not ideal places for children to learn, develop, and flourish. He argues, rather, that schools are designed to suppress children; to dehumanize them and rob them of all imagination and creativity. 

What then is the function of education?

Well, this light shows us the bigger picture here: the parents, the family, and the community are absolutely essential to a child's development. All of us. We are all responsible for the young human being's education. School is the supplement

People learn from authentic experience. Period. And that culminates from well beyond the parent/child relationship. Especially this day & age of instantaneous knowledge and constant connection. If we want to make a better world, it starts with realizing that said change starts from the bottom up.


January 24, 2021

Life Lessons Learned from Podcasting

https://anchor.fm/betterism

Approaching a full year of podcasting, I wanted to take a quick second to reflect on a few of the valuable life lessons that I've obtained from the eclectic guests to appear on the show.

  1. Authenticity is easily recognized; even if the observer cannot express it.
  2. Growth is inevitable; so you want to build a habit of feeding it good things.
  3. Appreciate the little things in life; skipping over these can diminish one's happiness.

I have found these themes to be recurring between multiple guests and multiple industries in which they operate. In trying to apply them in my own life, I've also noticed that they take habitual intent to develop. It's nearly impossible to improve these things without dedicated focus.

Anyway, my hope is that you find some time to think about and mull these things over. If something so small as adjusting your perspective to consistent growth can help, why not give it a try?

Much love, friends! <3

January 5, 2021

The New Year

Photo by Roan Lavery on Unsplash

"The New Year"

a new year spreads its wings
with warm air and overcast skies.
the kind of skies that bring rain
or snow dependent on temperature.
a day to embrace; the first of 2021;
where we celebrate with
hair of the dog
and leftover cheese platters.
a day where we browse social media
and contemplate our existence.
people around the world are shuffling,
or napping on their couch.
forgetting the whirlwinds of 2020
as if quantitative measurement of time
will make a change for them.
as if these new wings
will teach themselves to fly.