As we endeavor to educate our children it is important that we do so with an understanding of what education really is. Some may understand education as a process of in putting information to only regurgitate it at later time. However, our ancestors understood that education was much more than the accumulation of data with facts and figures. It was much more than reading writing and arithmetic.
Education means to bring out what is inherently within an individual–helping them to wake up the greatness and the hidden treasures within. When we really accept how great we are and how we are a reflection of the greatness of our Creator young people will then be compelled to live at a higher yet attainable standard.
This standard is characterized by unconditional self-love and morphs into love for others. The beautiful fruit of this higher standard yields a community of people who work together, support each other and know well how to further their own best interests realizing we are not free until we are all free. Whole education teaches interdependence. We are not simply our brother and sisters keeper. We are our sister and we are our brother.
A solid and whole education is an education which 1) places the Creator at the center 2) stirs up gifts and abilities 3) empowers children to create purpose, pursue purpose, and live in purpose 4) teaches knowledge of self 5) guides youth to become self-sufficient and most importantly 6) develops pride and understanding of cultural history acknowledging the numerous contributions that have been made to develop society.
It is only when we know how to look back at our contributions with appreciation that we can then look forward with hope and anticipation of a great future. Learning how to stand on the shoulders of those who came before us with pride gives youth us a vantage point to see with clear eyes, the great possibilities that are available and the choices whole education empowers us to make.
We all play a vital role in the process. African Proverb says it takes a village to raise a child. We are blessed enough to do whatever it takes to make a difference in the lives of our youth. The choice is ours. We can be parlayed by fear, marginalized/counted out by prejudice, and comforted by complacency or we can do what’s in our hearts to do with a spirit of excellence. We don’t need legislation, a vote from congress, or a presidential initiative. We just need to be willing vessels– our Creator’s hands extended in the Earth to give our youth the wholeness of education that they deserve.
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