Education Knows No Age

I recently received an online article about a Nepalese grandfather who has returned to school at the age of 68 (read the full article here). Living in a city where there’s a small Nepalese community, this story quickly caught my interest.

This gentleman lived through, and some might argue still does, the conflict in Nepal. That in itself is more than most of us can imagine, yet his story doesn’t stop there. After six children and eight grandchildren, Durga Kami decided to return to school – a goal that he had been robbed of as a result of poverty. A teacher from the school encouraged him to restart his studies and now Kami sits in a class full of 14- and 15-year-olds who have warmed up to having a baa (father in Nepalese) as a classmate. He shares his excitement about gaining more of an education, and he also reveals the truth that attending school provides an escape from sorrow he feels since the loss of his wife. School provides a refuge for Kami as it does for millions of other people all around the world.

As an educator, it brings me so much joy to see an individual who values education. It may be used as an escape from a harsh reality, or it may be a stepping stone while reaching one’s dreams. Regardless, one beauty of education is that it knows no age. We can gain an education at the age of 3-years-old, or at 68-years-old. So what is it that stops people in a country such as America – where primary education is free, and offered to everyone regardless of their race, gender, religion, economic level and so forth – do not take full advantage of the power held within education? How can a teacher help students to see the pure gift of having an education? Interested to hear your thoughts, reasonings and suggestions. Share below.

 

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6 thoughts on “Education Knows No Age

  1. I think basically all (young) children have both curiosity and an urge to learn. We just need to encourage them. I think good teachers truly are a gift from heaven. Teacher who are passionate about what they are doing, teachers who see each child as an individual with his or hers own unique potential. To make them live up to that potential is the greatest thing a teacher can do. – But then of course, difficult schooling situations make it sometimes very hard both for the teachers and the children. And of course, support from home is also very important…. It is endless subject.

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    • I could not agree more! I’m actually finishing a post this evening that’s Part 3 to the series “What is Teaching!?!” Check back later on to see some of my thoughts. I’d love to hear your view on them!

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  2. Well, for one thing, the socioeconomic s of this country has bred a culture of indifference. Programs created to help the impoverished have been hijacked by lazy charlatans. Human and drug trafficking have become the norm among inner city youth as a means of financial support. This horrific spiritual condition is compounded by the music industries glorifying such shameful destitution.

    WWII was the demise of the family unit as mother as well as fathers had to go to war in one way or the other, whether service and support or direct combat, the American family unit was successfully dismantled and its values followed suit. Not all families fall into this category there are many who staunchly hold to their identity and morality, but across the board, this country is in steady moral decline.

    Don’t get me started on Core Learning.

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    • I was just speaking with a family member today about that era and the effects on family. We also discussed the shift in morals over the years. It looks as though education is not valued anymore. It seems to have been replaced by immediate gratification and large egos. As for Common Core…we can discuss that in another post. 🙂 And then there’s the everyone -gets-a-trophy/everyone-passes-the-grade phenomenon.

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  3. I am not sure what stops individuals… wonder if it is because of internal reasons or caused by external forces… (i.e. insecurity… don’t feel they are “smart” enough… etc… or is it the easy availability of entertainment… life too hectic… etc.)

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    • I think those are possible reasons. Entertainment has surely decreased the time spent on educational activities around the home. I see the system being watered down more and more…yet kids are not passing the “standard.” I feel like society (I’m speaking within cities because that’s where my experience comes from) has devalued education. People do not directly say it, but it is screaming from our actions.

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