Acquiring or Awakening

True teaching is not the accumulation of knowledge it is an awakening of consciousness which goes through successive stages—African Proverb

We live in a society where education is highly esteemed. In fact, most who have earned a degree consider themselves well-educated and prepared to enter the work force with an advantage.  There are others who proclaim that they owe their total level of success to their education. However, at present many students who spend thousands of dollars to earn a degree—thousands to learn—cannot find adequate employment after graduation while a mountain of student loan debt accrues with interest daily.

What does it really mean to be educated? Are training and education synonymous? Does spirituality play a part in education? Is spirituality separate from education or is it an integral part of the educational process? Is education about acquiring information or awakening the genius or knowing within? Maybe education is about synthesizing the knowledge we gain then applying it? What influence does cultural expectations play in the role becoming educated–especially in the United States? Must one abandon their culture to meet educational standards? Is a satisfactory education based on societal needs, cultural needs, or individual needs within a cultural context? Are we born with everything we need to know nestled in our DNA and spirit or should all that we need be downloaded through a laborious process called learning?


In peace and love,

Dr. Free

  Authentic thoughts are thoughts that are genuine and sincerely expressed. Authentic thoughts reverberate with other authentic individuals so they have an irresistible urge to ponder and or respectfully respond from their own unique perspective.

Express yourself. Share your authentic thoughts. Post a comment. Thank you.

Author: Dr. Free

Dr. Free is a veteran educator. Her area of expertise is African-centered education consulting. She is a life learner who is passionate about truth, liberation, and justice. Dr. Free strives to be true to herself. She expresses herself in a way that enhances the lives of others and she enjoys giving others the space and encouragment to do the same.

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