We all continue to adapt to new situations and scenarios as the evolution of the national health crisis ebbs and flows. Now we are in the discovery phase of how our education systems are going to revise and acclimate in the face of this change.
The theme of this month’s edition of 517 Magazine focuses on education; however, lately, I’ve taken into consideration the truly significant weight of that word. As expected, it immediately conjures images of school classrooms and study groups, but the word education encompasses so much more than the surroundings of our youth and young adult lives.
I think it’s fair to say that for most — if not all — of us, at least a portion of our school days were focused on the end of them: stepping out into the world and staking our claim in it. Yet once we have acquired our freedom, we quickly find that the years spent in those halls of learning were the barely sprouting seed of our education.
Learning, it turns out, is an eternal quest — as it should be. It should spark a passion and thirst for more; a desire to mine the surface and dig our fingers deeper into the fertile soil of knowledge and understanding. Learning as a lifelong experience may be our most precious human quality because it fosters a profound and fuller appreciation of both ourselves as well as our planet and its wonderfully diverse inhabitants.
Careful nurturing of that initial seed of education can grow and blossom into a sturdy and enduring tree of lifelong learning whose sprawling canopy bears the sweet and passionate fruit of never-ending nourishment.
Take a bite.