Mamacita says: The latest Education Buzz (formerly Carnival of Education) is now up over at Bellringers, and if you are a parent, student, doctor, lawyer, construction worker, fireman, or any of the other Village People or citizens of the planet, you owe it to yourself, your kids, and your planet to click on over and read this month’s posts by teachers and parents. In fact, why don’t you submit something of your own, or something about education you’ve read elsewhere, for the next Education Buzz?
Remember, if you don’t take the trouble to find out what’s going on and what people are saying about it, you won’t KNOW what’s going on. Not to keep updated is to choose ignorance. Choosing ignorance is one of the most horrible things a person can do, no matter what the topic. Education is what separates the sheep from the goats, because not to understand that everything is connected to everything else, and that nothing exists in isolation, and how to connect these dots to form ideas and understanding, is to actively choose ignorance. We can’t help being ignorant about things we’ve never been exposed to, but to choose non-exposure is to choose ignorance. Oh, and those people who take great pride in refusing to learn? They are ignorance, personified. Harsh? I don’t really think so. In fact, I have not even begun to express my disgust for people who are able, yet actively choose to be ignorant. We are all ignorant of many things, but if we continue to learn, to be less ignorant daily, we’re on our way.
Oh, and please don’t forget that ignorance and stupidity are not the same thing. Not the same thing at all, at all.
Parents, professional educators, and all inhabitants of the planet, simply must keep learning. If we stop learning, “they” might as well bury us, because such people are as good as dead. Worse, even, because dead people don’t bring others down. Ignorant people do.
CONSTANT VIGILANCE, as Alastair Moody would say. To choose ignorance is to choose a kind of death.
P.S. When I took my beautiful daughter to her college dorm and went back home without her, itself a traumatic thing, “Less ignorant every day” became our rallying cry for her college education. We still quote it, laughing, when we learn new things and share them. Why don’t y’all use it, too?
Less ignorant daily. Bring it on, universe.