It’s official. My wonderful hubby (dubbed Papa Gray) and I (now Mama Rose) are embarking on a new adventure together – a crazy adventure into the world of being our children’s teachers. (My first thought is geesh, aren’t we that already?) However, what I’m talking about specifically is that we are publicly broadcasting to the world our journey with non-traditional schooling. I’m hesitant to call it homeschooling yet, because it may not follow the homeschooling model. I’m a fan of the unschooling method, and I’m checking out a few other avenues as well. You can follow our progress on our new site, www.FamilyLifeLearners.com.
In this post, my personal rants blog, I want to talk about a certain quote I came across:
It is possible to store the mind with a million facts and still be entirely uneducated.
~ Alec Bourne
Wow – of course there is a lot of weight in this quote to argue against the traditional school model in our US culture, but I want to take it outside of that realm and have it address us all. I know different personality styles come to play, but some people thrive on facts and figures. Others are “education junkies” and take course after course or read millions of books…all for the sake of learning.
But… does just knowing the words and facts create a wise mind? Oh no, my friend. It takes so much more. It takes bringing in the lesson to your soul, formulating them in your mind, digesting the input and deciding what to glean from it, enforcing it in your heart, and intentionally applying it to your life. Many people learn, but unfortunately, not everyone is truly teachable. A teachable moment is identified as when the timing is right…yet I think it goes deeper to really be about when the mind/heart is open to embrace a lesson beyond just the facts and/or words.
What do you think? Does knowing the facts make you wise? What’s your definition?