Dreams of the Future

What is...education?
What is...education?
Learning begins at birth
Learning begins at birth
Dreams of the future begin early
Dreams of the future begin early
Marinating in discovery
Marinating in discovery
Is daycare a choice or a necessity?
Is daycare a choice or a necessity?
Are there any choices left in life?
Are there any choices left in life?
The government is in charge of education
The government is in charge of education
What did your education teach you?
What did your education teach you?
Does education teach us to think for ourselves or to follow the crowd?
Does education teach us to think for ourselves or to follow the crowd?
Who is protecting the future of our children?
Who is protecting the future of our children?

The Educational Myth

Isn't the education we receive from age 5 through age 18 meant to prepare us for the world?  Isn’t that what the learning of our education is for? It seems to me, that in today’s world, today’s society, learning is the only thing required of mankind.

The moment a baby is born the learning process begins. A baby who has been protected within the mothers womb for up to 9 months is now out in the open air for the first time. The baby is learning what cold feels like, how to breath and what it feels like to have air in the lungs for the first time. The baby is learning the sounds heard within the womb are actually much louder than before. The baby is also learning to feel the warmth of human contact and what it feels like to have fabric next to the skin rather than amniotic fluid. With breaths taken the baby learns the air is full of smells and when the eyes are open the baby learns to distinguish light from dark.

The first year of life brings many new learning opportunities to the young baby. Learning how to hold up the head, push up (or away) with the arms and legs, how to sit up and crawl, how to make sounds including the possibility of their first word, maybe even learning how to walk. A young baby’s life is full of the never-ending opportunity to learn.

Even toddlers are learning every single day of their lives. So many new things to see and do and wonder about! The toddler runs about doing this or that, learning to recognize visual and conceptual images, all while marinating themselves with the discoveries of the world and where it will lead them.

Dreams of the Future Begin Early

Lucky is the child with a stay at home mom - because the child will grow up with money in their pockets and opportunities galore that aren’t available to everyone.

Lucky is the child who’s mother works outside the home and gives the child the opportunity to go to daycare - at this early age the child is already discovering the discrepancies in the world and copes with it according to their own personality.  Hopefully the child. who’s mother works outside the home, will have successfully learned the lessons presented and choose to value education - whether or not it fits in with their dreams of the future.

What Does Education Teach?

An education with the public school system begins at the age of 5 - the optimal age to remove a child from their parents watchful eye and begin to teach them what some parents may be incapable of teaching.  Reading, writing, mathematics.  As the child progresses through the public education system, the subject matter becomes more diverse and difficult.  Reading grows into history while writing leads to social studies, and mathematics proves science.  

The happy youthful days of childhood are forced to be abandoned in favor of the government demands in the hopes of bringing the enlightenment of an education to al.   Rather than allowing our children to be children while they are children, we enforce the ideals fed to us by the government rather than thinking for ourselves.  We continue to tell our children we not only expect them to graduate from high school but society expects them to earn more than one college degree in order to survive financially.  

It seems the education we blindly accept as a requirement for life has failed to protect the children we once were.  If the education we received as children failed to protect us, then who is protecting our children?

© 2010 Rafini

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Rafini 6 years ago from Somewhere I can't get away from Author

Hi Clean Life,

Thanks for reading and leaving a comment. Sometimes I wonder if it's really such a good idea to allow children to dream of their future if all that's going to happen when they grow up is for their dreams to be smashed into a million pieces.

Is it better to dream only to have dreams smashed? Or, is it better to have dreams smashed early? I just don't know...:/


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the clean life 6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

Very well written Hub and oh but so true. Thanks for sharing with all of us.


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Rafini 6 years ago from Somewhere I can't get away from Author

Thanks Leeberttea for providing a look at an alternative education model. I seriously have my doubts about some who've been home-schooled but on the flip side I have to agree that when it comes to education - what's good for the goose isn't always good for the gander. That's why it's important to have choices.


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leeberttea 6 years ago

Interestingly home schooled kids out perform their public schooled peers. I recently learned of one young woman that was taught by her mother, who was a tractor trailer driver. She provided a good enough education for her daughter to be accepted into Harvard, all from the cab of her truck. Plus, the girl got to see the country and meet many people, an invaluable education that could never be reproduced in a public school classroom.


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Rafini 6 years ago from Somewhere I can't get away from Author

Kenny,

Thanks for the comment. Yes, the educational system in America really does need improvement. My kids were lucky in the early years - most classes were less than 20 students. In high school its a different story. My youngest has class sizes ranging from 20 to 35, but I think at the high school level kids are better able to handle larger class sizes.


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Rafini 6 years ago from Somewhere I can't get away from Author

Susan -

I don't know what happened to my comment. Thanks for stopping by, you bring up another very good issue regarding education.


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kennynext 6 years ago from Everywhere

Our education system really needs improvement and also a lot smaller classes.


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susanlang 6 years ago

Wow... I agree with much of what was said above and wish to add a bit more. I too believe a child learns at home first and the most important years are between age 1 to 18. In many cases a child doesn't have a chance if they're being abused at home. I have a hub story on the subject of education for children as it relates to child abuse. A very good hub. I rated this hub up!


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Rafini 6 years ago from Somewhere I can't get away from Author

Hi Nell, thanks for stopping by.

Interesting views regarding Mickey Mouse subjects. Personally I think any and all education is valuable, however, I don't think each and every human being should be held to the same standards of education. At artist should naturally study art, a musician should study music, a writer should study language & whatever else strikes their fancy.

I do agree with you about the millions heading for TV careers but I think the reason is either due to Greed or pure Survival - being a Celebrity is where the money is.


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

Hi, I think that the reason why kids are going to college and still coming out without much education is that the stupid education system these days allow us to study what they call 'mickey mouse' subjects. Media, drama and art, not good art, but just basic art, are put in the same category and given the same accolades as science math and history. It drives me mad! I see young men and women holding up their certificates for science etc, next to a excuse my way of saying it, dumb person, holding up a 'media' certificate and i think how much of an insult is that? Media, how to read a newspaper, hold a camera, and then join millions of youngsters trying to get into TV! Arghhh! Dumb pure dumb. They are always moaning that there is not enough money to send our kids to college or university, so why not get rid of the 'mickey mouse' studies? most of them end up on the dole or working in supermarkets! Teachers should be made to teach normal and proper subjects. Thanks nell rated up, because it got me raving! ha ha


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Rafini 6 years ago from Somewhere I can't get away from Author

raisingme - Your right, expectations of being and having do not add up to doing. The equation is so obviously doing and being add up to having, but that lesson was lost by the Me Generation. Thanks for the comment.


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raisingme 6 years ago from Fraser Valley, British Columbia

There is a difference between acquiring knowledge and applying it. From my viewpoint it seems the disconnect is that children are not being taught how and where to apply what they are "learning". They are taught what society expects them to be and what society expects them to have but the "do" appears to be missing from the equation...hence things just don't add up! Well done on this hub!


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Rafini 6 years ago from Somewhere I can't get away from Author

Lynda - exactly what I've been thinking! But, it doesn't make sense now, does it? More people are going to college now than ever before and yet it seems the college educated population is becoming more and more dumb.

You deserve applause for teaching your daughters to think for themselves - in this day and age it isn't an easy thing to do.


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lmmartin 6 years ago from Alberta and Florida

One thing I do know is that no one is taught to think for themselves in this country. Accept what you are told -- don't question. That's why we are now plagued with so many fundamental morons who can't perform the simplest of rational exercises. At least I taught me daughters to think for themselves, and I'm proud of that.


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Rafini 6 years ago from Somewhere I can't get away from Author

There seems to be a moral in here somewhere...like...teach your children according to your own values and not according to the values of society. Thanks Enlydia, for stopping by.


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Enlydia Listener 6 years ago from trailer in the country

We don't know what they are teaching/have taught our children when they are away from home...who knows that they don't tell the children "don't tell your parents about this"...or "your parents won't understand because they grew up in a different time"...we may never know why our children have such different values...

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