Back to School but not Back to Learning

Back to School but not Back to Learning
Blog Writers - Mon Aug 24, 2015 @ 05:28PM
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Back to School but not Back to Learning

With a gentle tug, I release last year's stack of notebooks. And I can't help but think back to those January days I didn't want to look at math again.  Or those May days I was just itching to be done with finals.  Then it was over - then the studying, exams, and essays were done - summer had arrived!  But just because summer had made a grand entry didn't mean my learning was paused.

Now it's the end of August, and a new schoolyear is about to unfold.  Back to essays?  You bet.  But never back to learning.  

I remember, with a bit of a frown, that billboard out near the community school.  With sheer horror, my mouth formed the words: "Welcome Back to Learning".  And I swallowed hard as though I had read a lie - because I had!  Though I was young, I knew what was wrong.  Just because it was September did not mean it was back to learning.  I had been learning all summer!  No, it wasn't "school" per se, but it was the learning that comes through everyday experiences like grocery shopping, road tripping, and baking!

In fact, this very summer I learned so much.  Nah, it wasn't textbook learning.  But it was life learning.   Learning happens ALL THE TIME!!  Learning is not restricted o a 9-4, Monday-Friday block of "school".  I look at school as an organized time dedicated to studies.  But my brain doesn't turn off when I've finished my last writing lesson for the day.  In fact, some of the greatest lessons I've learned were not doing "school" (in the strict sense of that word), but in spending time with my family/friends, or being out in nature, or visiting a museum, or working, or travelling to another country.  Yup, learning certainly happens while reading my biology textbook or performing a lab, but it also occurs when I meet with someone to talk about their job, or discuss theology with my friends, or gaze at the constellations in the sky.  I think having an organized, set-aside time dedicated to studies is beneficial.  But I also recognize that school is just one of the ways I learn.  

Have a happy back to school, but don't forget - learning happens 24/7, 365 days of the year!  

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