Welcome to 2018! The future is here!
I am living what I once dreamed of and that is a world with vast ways to communicate. To be honest, this was sometimes a dream and sometimes a nightmare! When I was a child, the place I learned the most to treasure was the public library. In the library you could fill the time learning about space, plants, and many various things… my favorite being horses! The library was warm and colorful and quiet. It was even a refreshing break from the heat during an intensely sunny summer day. (Alright, I’m showing my age, because our home did not have air conditioning!)
Now the place for children to learn, have quiet time, or simply read has expanded to computers and even phones. Information is right at your fingertips! So, how do parents navigate this kind of fast paced world of constant information for yourself and most important for your children?
At this point, I am full of questions and am slowly researching through….of course the Internet, but also through conversations, observations, and experiences.
1) What is important to you and your family?
2) How can you tell if information learned from the Internet is true? How about from books?
3) How do you guide children to value reading, studying, quiet reflective time?
4) How can you teach or guide the difference between real and fake? “Fake News” is getting a lot of attention these days.
Overall, through my own research in various manners: on the Internet, through conversations, through observations, and many of my own experiences, I’ve concluded that learning can be done in many forms. An on-going or perpetual learner does all of the above. All are sources, or learning tools, and we need to use each in balance…multiple sources before we draw or write our conclusions.
1) For me, it has always been learning through experiences, thoughtful conversation, and careful research. Often I have to reflect on what was learned and what holds true over time. I also enjoy taking a break by reading.
2) Learning takes time. When so often in this information age we access information quickly, I wonder… “Will it stick with me for when I need it?”3) Should learning to love books continue as an important educational tool?
In my opinion, books should be everyone’s favorite past time. It is a gift we should all continue to be giving to our children. I am trying to pass this on to children of all ages.
On a side note, as a parent and grandparent, there is no better place to experience calm and imaginative learning then while reading in the library. We are so fortunate to have libraries a part of our public systems. When is the last time you have been there or taken a child there? Don’t forget about this sacred space. Let’s not let those beautiful facilities sit idle. The one lesson/habit I wanted my children to have when they went off to college is to use the library.
Finally, I want to say that I am proud to know Breck parent Mohammed Lawal. He has designed two Minneapolis libraries for the north side communities. Check out Sumner and Webber Park Libraries. And, enjoy all those Little Free Libraries that delightfully have become so popular.