One thing is for certain, as we go through life, we discover more and more that the learning process needs to continue throughout our entire lives. One of the ways we can learn is to go to an adult education center, and there are many of those around offering training courses or classes in almost any subject.
Buddhism is unlike any other religion, Because most Western religions teach the idea that one should not continue to explore and learn, and everything that one needs is in a particular sacred text. As we discussed in a previous post recently, Buddhism teaches almost the opposite: the idea that any particular sacred text offers everything we need is completely foreign to the Buddhist philosophy. Like my friend recently who discovered he needed to learn about jewelry when he asked his longtime partner to marry him, I was prompted to go out and learn after hearing his story.
I live in Cleveland, so I decided to take a jewelry making class, in order to expand my horizons and awareness. I took the class a company called Lake Erie artists, who offer a wide range of training courses in jewelry making classes for the beginner, and it only cost me $35.
Fantastic value for money is not only learned all about making jewelry I also met some interesting people and had a very pleasant afternoon taking the course. I can certainly recommend learning something new is an adult, because the very fact that we prepared to admit that something we don’t know or understand, helps us to expand our awareness, and become more in tune with ourselves.
Even the Buddha agreed that he was learning his entire life, and even after reaching enlightenment, continued to learn. The moment we feel we no longer need to learn anything new, is the moment our ego takes charge, and we lose what other advances we may have made.
As always–ego is the enemy.
One thing that Buddhism teaches, amongst all the other teachings, the fact that one must continue to learn throughout one’s life. As an example, a friend of mine recently asked his long-term girlfriend to marry him: and he discovered that he knew absolutely nothing about buying a diamond ring. His girlfriend is somewhat traditional, and expected to be presented with a diamond engagement ring when he asked her to marry him.
So his education continued in the direction that he did not expect to be going, because the last thing you want to do is go and spend several thousand dollars on the diamond engagement ring when you know nothing about the products. It is way too easy to waste money, or possibly even worse– purchase a ring that is a fake.
There are certain things one needs to know about diamonds when considering buying one, and a good place to learn about these things is online. This website [click to go to the site] for example, sells diamond rings, And offers a fair amount of training in information on the site to help you make a decision.
Another website, called wiki how, claim to have a 12 step process to determine whether a diamond is real on not, and we agree with some of the suggestions, now that we’ve done our research. Getting a certificate is the 1st step.
So–my friend was not expecting to have to educate himself, but realized the teachings of the Buddha are still applicable throughout one’s life. You never stop learning. And if you should happen to think that you reach the point where you do need to start learning, then it’s probably time to move onto the next phase of existence. We tend to think that it’s impossible to reach this point and anybody who does reach that point is merely bowing to their ego.
We need to improve maths education, and not just for children. Adults are also often seriously lacking in numeracy sills. But here is where things get complicated. There is no one set of math skills that everyone needs to know so that they are better able to cope with their lives, but many different ones.
If you’re purchasing real estate in Nicaragua for example, you’ll need a basic set of numeracy skills, if you’re a doctor you’ll need to understand how to read statistics, if you use a computer, maths related to programming one of them could be relevant.
Unfortunately however, anyone following a math course, either in school or later on in life will find themselves being served up with obscure concepts such as quadratic equations and algebra. Really? How relevant is that to real life? When do you have to solve a quadratic equations? If you’re buying real estate, if you are a doctor or if you use a computer the answer is probably going to be “Never.”
Perhaps there is something to be learned from understanding math in the abstract. Our brains may become stronger from being exercised in this way. But that should not be the complete focus. Our math education needs to be more practical and more focused on helping us with our day to day problem solving.
We should be able to draw on a solid foundation of maths when we have life questions to answer:
- Should I buy this car or lease it?
- Is this vacation property going to earn me more than keeping the money in the bank?
- Am I saving enough for my retirement?
- How much chlorine should I put in the pool given it’s volume?
No, not sexy, but these are everyday problems we need to be better at solving. And the right kind of maths can help us do just that.
Do the grades a person gets from school really determine how successful they will be in life? Does it even accurately guess how smart a student is? The problem with the current education system is that many teachers teach one style and expect all of their kids to learn the same way. Whether you’re a teacher in a school or teach with one of those stay at home jobs, realize that not everyone learns best the same way. Some kids are more visual learners while others are more auditory learners. You could teach someone about passive income ideas by simply giving them the definition or you could illustrate it through visuals.
Much of learning in the regular school system relies on memorization. Think about how it was back when you went to school. Wasn’t most of the tests and exams you took based on your ability to remember information? Some teachers merely read from the textbook and just tell students to read on their own and ask any questions they may have. Would learning physics, for example, be a lot more engaging and fun if there were science experiments to conduct rather than merely reading text from a book? As a teacher, try different things to get the same point across. This way, you’ll be able to reach more of your students and reveal their true intelligence.
As a teacher, your official role is formally laid out in front of you. You have a mission statement and a legal commitment to stick with it. All of the rules are spelled out, and your principal will undoubtedly help to remind you on a regular basis. But as any good teacher knows, it’s not just about doing your job according to the letter. Sometimes you have to step outside of the teacher role and also become a mentor, a confidant. Not every student will need this of you, but some of them definitely will. Just think back to your own days in elementary or high school, and you can probably recall times when teachers have gone above and beyond in helping.
If you happen to teach upper-elementary or high school, one problem that many students face in that age range is acne. It might not seem like a big deal to some people, but for those young people a can be traumatic. Acne is incredibly embarrassing and it really comes at a bad time in a young person’s life. This is when they are trying to establish their identity and figuring out their role in the world. It really doesn’t help when they have these hormonal changes that can make them feel like an outcast among people with perfect skin.
As a teacher what can you do? Chances are your students with acne won’t approach you for help directly. They might be too embarrassed or think that you have better things to do. It can also be a delicate subject because you don’t always want to go out to a child and bring up the subject. This can cause an extreme amount of embarrassment, and it might actually turn them away from you. It’s a tricky situation and you have to be incredibly empathetic from the student’s point of view.
The first thing you want to do is educate yourself on acne in general by reading a site like this. You want to turn yourself into a resource that is well educated and informed about the subject. You’re not necessarily going to recommend the best creams or prescribed treatment, but it’s important to understand the basics if you’re going to help in any way. And in delicate situations it’s probably best to approach the parents first to see if there’s anything you can do to help.
You can make it clear to them that you understand what their child is going through. You can recommend going to a dermatologist and informing the child and their family what that would entail. In the end, this isn’t the most unusual problem you’ll face as a teacher, but it could be one of the most important if you’re dealing with a child who could potentially develop serious acne.