I thought for a while about what topic should be in my first post of 2010 here at CP. I pondered the latest book I had read as a nice place to start, as what is better than a great read on a winter day? But then I came across the following from an application Albert Trull, a friend of ours, had written at the age of 70, when he hoped to enter the Masters Program at Conway School of Landscape Design. After reading it there was no doubt this was the way to start blogging in 2010. It hits the heart of the matter in how I view the role of education, and also the benefits that education has on the world community. The segment below supports the idea of public education which I strongly endorse, and also shows how the doors of possibility open when education is delivered to eager minds, regardless of age. I also post this as I think it grand at the age of 70 there are those who still want to grow and learn. I might add that at the time Albert wrote this application he already had a Ph.D in Education Administration and Planning. His masters had been in urban planning, and for 40 years he had been an architect. The yearn to continue learning is something I find very uplifting and rewarding to see. As such, this is the perfect place to start blogging in 2010! This is the ‘feel good’ piece that starts the year off with the right note, and the perfect tone.
MOST BENEFICIAL ASPECTS OF MY EDUCATION
Ninety-five percent of my education was gained through publicly supported schools. Without this system of education, the probability of learning may have been severely limited. The education opened up my fascination, first, to the civilizations built by the Greek states and the Roman Empire and then followed other nations and their contributions. It reinforced within my mind the role that culture plays in our lives. In school one afternoon, my classmates made fun of Cubans and in turn fun of me because my parents were Cubans. This provided an opportunity for our teacher to cite Cubans’ contributions to music, literature, and architecture. At that moment, I felt proud to be a Cuban. Such experience provided me the opportunity of understanding the give and take that we must all undertake when associating with other people. It also taught me that in addition to the formal structure required by all societies, the informal structures with unwritten mores are equally important. It establishes one’s status and to a large extent governs the freedom to accomplish things. Amazingly, so many different peoples with their unique cultures inhabit our seemingly small planet. Even though they seem different and they acknowledge different ways of doing and understanding, all peoples have essentially the same goals: to live fruitful lives and to leave off-springs who they hope will contribute more to the evolution of mankind than they did.