Recently, I’ve been thinking alot about how to prepare for my children for life beyond our home. I think of the struggles that I’ve had in getting comfortable in my own skin, and this journey of re-discovering who I really am. I’ve been told what to do, and how to do it. I was told to work extremely hard in high school. Get good grades. And go to college. That would assure me a “good job” . So I did. I took as many AP classes as possible. I worked my buns off in order to keep my GPA as close to perfection as possible.
Though I loved to learn, school wasn’t really about learning. It’s was about performance and competition–at least in highschool. Why? Gotta keep that GPA up so that we have the best possible opportunities for college.
After all of that hard work, I have two degrees in engineering. That certainly hasn’t made me anymore successful. But I sound really smart when I tell people. (Which is why I don’t tell people very often.)
Maybe life isn’t about getting that “good job” or having a great career. Perhaps it’s about far more than that. People want their lives to have significance and purpose. Education forgot to tell us that climbing the corporate ladder, building nicer and bigger homes, and making alot of money do not fulfill.
The Human soul needs more.
Let us prepare our children for more.