I am, in the modern meaning of the word, highly educated. I am among the slightly less than 1 in 10 Canadians who hold a Masters Degree. I’ve spent twenty years in schools as a student.
However, in all of those years of school I can recall only a few things learned that are truly important and useful in my life. Recent statistics show a growing disengagement of students with their schooling. Thus, we can assume that they are not finding school relevant to their lives.
A Small List of Important Things I Don’t Know or Did Not Learn in School
- How to build a house.
- How to fix an appliance.
- How an engine works.
- The species of trees and plants in my backyard.
- How to run a business.
- How to manage my finances.
- How to engage people in change work.
- How to grow a garden.
- How to look after small animals.
- A deep understanding of electricity.
- How to live in a sustainable manner.
- How to find, meet, and predict the coming needs of my community.
This list is small and just a modest example of the things that school didn’t teach me. However, I believe that each of the items listed are integral to a true education because each is integral to student independence. In other words – learning about these items will allow our children to grow up to be truly ‘free’.
Please join us as we build a school of relevance at Headwaters Academy.