Day 16 – Thoughts on Education
What I really wanted to do for the longest time was be a kindergarten teacher. As a young kid I LOVED drawing, art classes, and imaginative play because there was so much FREEDOM to let YOU shine through. It was the perfect path for me (“but you’ll never have MONEY!!”, people said). Then middle school came around and my creativity was just totally stifled (for a bunch of reasons, but school and stress played a huge role). I also completely lost sense of direction and withdrew even further and had NO IDEA what I wanted to do with my life. Cue another round of panic!!
I did manage to get my Bachelor’s Degree in History and Anthropology, because I ADORE learning about other cultures and how people lived. I find peoples’ creations and customs so inspiring! At least university had a bit of freedom to do what you wanted, but by that point all my creativity was sucked out and I had nothing left. 🙁 But it’s never too late and I’m teaching myself all sorts of things! Perhaps one day I’ll go back to realize my dreams of teaching!
I do think that school should focus on helping kids find out who THEY really are and learning common sense skills, and not JUST to complete a curriculum word for word.