"No longer could I say “That’s stupid” to new thoughts, because my main teacher loved to learn. No longer could I resist new challenges, because she wouldn’t let me off the hook. I was still the slowest and glummest of math students, but I quickly caught her sense of wonder. Insects, the lymph system in the human body, the flamboyant personality of Eleanor of Aquitaine, the location of Bandar Sari Begawan: she was passionate about them all."
This article was posted by a college friend who is currently a global conference on education. I really
appreciated that the person's story involved both formal instruction from a teacher and homeschooling.
Clearly, she learned different, but equally valid lessons from both types of education. She is someone who
is passionate about lifelong learning!
If I had more time I'd expand on the library as a candy store idea that she talks about because the more
I broaden my reading categories (mostly thanks to my husband) the more I see that as an apt metaphor.
Actually, I'll just file that away as a future blog post :)