There are environments that are conducive to learning and there are others that aren’t. I’m striving to provide an education for my children that’s self-motivated, interest-led, challenging, exciting and autonomous. The question I’m asking myself is, Am I Willing to Take Drastic Measures?
Take a minute to think about what character attributes you would like your children to develop. What comes to mind? Compassion, kindness, love, joy, patience, self-control. Those are all things I think of. Now think about what quality of education you would like them to receive. A love of reading, thinking creatively, implicationally, innovative, creative, engaged, problem-solving, purpose. This is the end result I’m hoping for.
Now stop and think. How are these attributes developing in my life? What am I doing to nurture these characteristics in my own life? How am I pursuing my own on-going education? Am I reading classics? Am I challenging myself? Am I engaged? Am I being creative daily?
And now the clincher. If I am not developing these things in my own life, how can I expect my children to?
Pam Leo says it succinctly, “Children are mirrors. They reflect back all that we say and do.” If we want our children to have a great education and develop into exceptional human beings, we have to be striving for that in our own lives as well.