I learned what I was supposed to and managed to graduate 6 months early through a mail-in course. Back then I just wanted to leave, but now I realize that there is so much more learning I could have, and should have done. People have an unlimited amount of learning potential right in front of them, but what do they do? They waste it, or at least I did.
Yesterday, my son’s high school hosted “back to school” night. There were a lot of kids! We went from class to class and met with all of his teachers, other parents and a few classmates. After the two hour adventure was over, I decided to tour the 2nd floor of the school. Until then, I didn’t even know that there was a 2nd floor. Apparently, that is where all the “regular” kids’ classrooms are located.
Arriving on the 2nd floor, it felt as though we had just entered a college building. What a drastic difference it was from the 1st level. The classrooms were all in pristine condition, filled with high tech equipment and lavish desks. Even the teachers looked like professors with their formal attire.
When we reached the science lab I was almost drooling. It was amazing! I’m one of those weirdos who absolutely loved learning about and memorizing the periodic table of elements. I still get excited at the mention of it. Needless to say then, anything science related is fascinating to me.
We continued our stroll of the 2nd floor and peeked into the windows of several more classrooms. We stayed for a while, until I realized that a few more minutes longer and we would probably be locked inside the school for the night.
As we left, I could not stop shaking my head in disappointment. Why couldn’t I have had the same passion for learning back then, that I do now? I would love to sit at a desk, take notes and listen as a teacher shares with me their wealth of knowledge.
I may just have to enroll in a college course or two now, with real people. Online courses just don’t cut it. It’s comparable to a paperback book versus a kindle. I want to “smell the pages” of school.