I love to learn. If I’m curious about anything, from the origin of a word to where a country is on the map, I’ll look it up (my geographic skills are very limited, and I’m always looking at maps). I have an insatiable curiosity regarding almost anything to everything. I will ask strangers all kinds of questions in order to get to know them. I’m not pushy, and I try to do it in a friendly way. I feel that there is so much going on the world and so many stories out there that are so interesting. Most people are dealing with all kinds problems and I’ve been told that the very fact I ask them how they are makes them feel special.
My curiosity includes education – of course. I decided while I was at college, that I’d get two majors instead of the usual combination of a major and a minor. I had a few interesting conversations with the Dean of Students over this decision, but due to my high grades they let me persue it. When my children were in school I asked them to tell me one thing they learned that I didn’t already know. When I home schooled them, the thing that I liked best about it was how much new information I was learning. There is nothing like learning new things that gets me so excited. When I first learned who Rachel Carson was, I wanted to be just like her. Most of my heroes are people who not only are highly intelligent, but also people interested in helping others. The only way forward into a better and more equal future is through education. Done right, education creates compassion and understanding. No one who reads a wide variety of international literature can claim no compassion nor understanding. Once you feel what other cultures have experienced, your mind has been opened to new pathways.
Of course, the point of all this waxing on about education is that a new study by Pew Research Center has shown that the majority of Republican voters believe that higher education is “bad” for America. That being said, I wonder if they are prepared to forgo Doctors, Nurses, Engineers and computer experts. All these people do have degrees from universities. Indeed, many of them have advanced degrees. These are the people responsible for many of the “little” things that make life a lot better – such as advancements in communications, infrastructure, safety and health care. This finding simply flabbergasts me. Please feel free to leave your comments on this subject. I’d love to find out what other people think of it.