The importance of citizenship in schools

I went to public government school as a kid and every day we hit the books and studied hard. Most of it was memorization and calculation, but we got it done and we passed the tests. Little thought was given to how our studies fit into a global context.

One thing I regret most as a kid is going on the big international trips that my school occasionally offered. Like a typical American, I believed that the USA was the center of the world and that all world politics revolved around what our current president was doing. This certainly wasn’t a conscience thing, just sort of built in to the way I acted and thought. I discovered the truth to this when I was 25 and moved to Asia. In fact, the USA is not at the center of the universe!

Continue reading

A loss of discovery

I was in Borders today reminiscing with all of the large science picture books and encyclopedia, being reminded of how I used to discover and learn new things. When I was a kid, I used to go to the library and spend hours in these books, discovering what each page has to reveal to me, in no particular order, filling my mind with more wonder about our world and our universe. My time would be lost in these books, but I didn’t care, because I had no tablet, no smartphone, and no Facebook to distract me (yes, I say¬†distract).

Continue reading