13. Education

Children sometimes want the strangest things. I remember wanting an hourglass when I was a young boy. I’m not sure where I got that idea; the only thing I can think of is from a scene in “The Wizard of Oz” where the Wicked Witch turns over a huge hourglass to mark the impending doom of the kidnapped Dorothy.

 

Well, after bugging my mother for days about wanting an hourglass, she finally broke down and bought me one. It was just a small one; the sand would fall for only about three minutes – not an hour — before having to turn it over. And yet three minutes was plenty of time for me to realize that just watching time pass was no fun at all. Those few minutes felt like an hour. It reminded me of how I used to feel at school – tick, tick, tick.

 

Restless minds, confined to a classroom, hooked to a constant “drip” of textbooks and lectures. For many, sitting at a desk waiting for the bell to ring is like waiting for sand to empty out of an hourglass — boring.

 

In my opinion, great teachers are those who’re able to somehow break through to the minds of children, especially those who have hard time learning. Great teachers are those who stand as examples of the beauty of knowledge — those who by means of their intellectual power and sense of life are able to demonstrate the value of knowing.

 

Day 13 Guide

 

Think of how motivated you would be to make it through the dull parts of learning if only you could sense the beauty that awaits you. Think too of how you might stand as an example of that beauty. Be a guiding light for others.

 

© 2006, Levi Hill

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