John Stuart Mill, who according to his autobiography learned to read Greek at three years of age, was opposed to any governmental involvement in education. His concern was that compulsory education was designed to produce dutiful citizens rather than free thinking individuals with a conscience guided and imparted through the tutelage of the child’s parents.
The origin of the word education comes from the Latin root meaning “to lead out from”. Both Socrates and Confucius believed the “truth” was already there but was hidden by the falsity of the world. The role of the teacher was to impart to the student the tools necessary to make an individual a better person and to unlock the hidden potential.
As a parent you have a number of choices – public school, private school or home school. Your choice can be based upon numerous factors, including but not limited to your philosophy, religion and political beliefs. However, there is a general consensus that the exposure to diverse ideas, practices and traditions is critical to enhancing an understanding not only of the ever changing world, but an understanding of one’s self and reaching one’s full potential.
Exposure to a diversity of backgrounds, cultures and traditions can lead to a greater opportunity to explore, possibly debate, ideas and perspectives with those of differing socioeconomic experiences, cultural background and privileges.
Evenings are precious times for families, Wednesdays in particular. However, this Wednesday Wolf Branch School District 113 and Racial Harmony have planned an Open House from 5:30 P.M. until 7:30 P.M. The theme is Cultural Diversity Everywhere. The presentations will include 31 countries and participation of Belleville East’s Youth-to-Youth members. The program is open to the public and refreshments will be available to participants.
What better way to enhance the education of your child. In today’s world the acquisition of a greater understanding and competency to communicate in a global economy with ever shifting socioeconomic considerations could prove to be an important, if not crucial, life skill.
Unlike the classroom, you, a parent, will have the opportunity to experience what your child experiences and through discussion learn from each other. Wolf Branch School District 113 and Racial Harmony hope to see you on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at Wolf Branch Middle School, 410 Huntwood Road, Swansea, as your schedule permits, for an Open House from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.