learning quote

“The important thing is not so much that every child be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to learn.”  -John Lubbock

I’m a little slow with getting these posts up, but I have a valid reason. We have been travelling for the past week – leaving our home in Kansas in order to visit family and wind up here in Seoul, South Korea where hubby is stationed for another year.

Every few days, I will be posting a quote about how life itself is our classroom.  I will break down each quote, sharing my thoughts and observations about it as well.

These posts are a part of the Quotable Wisdom hop over at iHomeschool Network. There are several bloggers posting quotes throughout the rest of this month about a number of different topics. Go check them all out!

Every child should be given the wish to learn.

Instilling a love for learning

Teaching is only one aspect of education. If we want to provide our children with a truly well-rounded and solid education, we need to stop thinking that teaching them is the only way they can learn.

The day will come when we cease to be our child’s teacher. Our influence and wisdom will remain in their lives, but we will no longer be their only source of information and instruction.

I don’t think there is anything wrong with teaching your child. Unschoolers teach through curiosity, example, and guidance. An important fact we have to remember, however, is that teaching comes from the teacher – but learning happens within the learner alone. We can teach our children but only they can decide what to do with the facts, formulas, and fundamentals we present.

More importantly than teaching our children is instilling a lifelong love for learning and wisdom.

A majority of our learning experiences as adults happens during the circumstances and opportunities of life.  Sure, there are times when we need instruction and turn to a teacher. However, the truly capable person will be able to know how to find the information and skills he needs to survive and thrive.

As I was sitting in our new apartment, looking out over the city, I started thinking about all the military moves we have made it through. No one was there to teach me how to organize my household goods, deal with bills, entertain 3 kids on a 2400 mile trip, fill out a customs form, buy and maintain an RV, figure out where everything is on our new post, and more.  I had a need and a desire to learn those things, and so I was motivated to seek out the answers to solve my dilemmas.

If I had never had a wish to learn in this life, I would probably never wanted to take up crocheting, quilting, philosophy, learning Korean, and a number of other things.  I had teachers who helped me with all of those interests, but it was my wish to learn that fueled an ongoing interest.

Humans are born with a curiosity about the world around them. I personally believe that this curiosity can be quenched and/or depressed if it is not fostered and exercised.

Our children will be better prepared to meet the challenges of life, to enjoy their journeys, and to make the most of opportunities if we ensure that they have a wish to learn.

How do you ignite the fire for learning in your children?


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