A More Beautiful Question …
Education is not a race, with winners and losers. It’s not a commodity to be bought and sold. It can’t be measured, not in test scores or in degrees. Although it has many uses, it has no real purpose beyond the joy it produces. It doesn’t belong to anyone. It’s never over. If education is a game, it’s a game that anyone can play, that doesn’t end, and that gets better each time a new player joins. It’s an “infinite game” to use a phrase by James Carse — a game the purpose of which is to keep playing.
School achievement is not education. Obedience is not education. Scoring high on a test is not education. There’s nothing wrong with school achievement, obedience, or high test scores, except when they get in the way of real learning.
True education occurs whenever a free human being responds to the magnificent world with wonder, with fascination, and with the full and mysterious power of the human heart and mind to understand. This can happen in solitude or in company. It can last for a minute or for a lifetime. It can be spontaneous or inspired, but it can never be coerced. It is every child’s right.
We close with a few lines from the poet e.e. cummings:… never to rest and never to have: only to grow Always the beautiful answer who asks a more beautiful question.
From “Afterword: A More Beautiful Question”
Guerrilla Learning: How to Give Your Kids a Real Education
With or Without School
by Grace Llewellyn and Amy Silver
At Open Doors, we do respond to the magnificent world with wonder, with fascination, and with the full and mysterious power of the human heart and mind to understand. Come join us Sundays at 5:30 p.m., beginning April 27. Our Take Back Your Education group held here at Open Doors is open to in-school and out-of-school teens, using the Guerrilla Learning book as a guide. Together we can explore how to ask the more beautiful question.
Call 616.965.6968 for more information.