We were talking this morning about education vs skills, or a trade.
Yeah, I know. Technically it's all the same. But what I was getting at was more along the lines of educating for educations' sake...you know, schooling without a plan, a focus, a goal.
And learning an actual skill...something like knowing how to do basic household wiring, or plumbing. Or being able to do at least general repairs to your vehicles, tractos, mowers, etc. Or learning to sew, crochet or knit, or any other "hobby" out there.
What do you do with your children? Are you just hoping to 'teach' them some lessons from some arbitrary scope and sequence? Do you 'teach' with a short term goal in mind, or are you looking to a distant goal? Are you preparing them for college classes, or preparing them for real life out in the world?
Now before you go telling me college is life or something, I'm not saying otherwise. We do not educate 'for' college, but every family is different. I'm just asking questions, not picking arguments, ok?
One thing we talked about was learning to do things (gain skills) that can provide you with opportunities later on. In our family, that usually translates into practical everyday skills...like troubleshooting motors, learning to prepare and plan a week's menu, sewing and crafting skills, home maintenance, etc.
We've said it before, we're trying to teach our children how to dig a hole with a shovel...not necessarily how to join the commitee studying the pre-planning and architecture of the hole for some future date.
That's just not our particular style, but it's a needed style just the same.
Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.
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