I applied for a job once, and was offered a good position as an editor with an automatic four week vacation the first year. Since it required relocating, I had to turn it down. I telecommute for my current positions; and I like that just fine. But I did understand their point of view also. I would have loved that job.
However, the person conducting the interview was a former teacher of mine. After reviewing my portfolio and resume, he said, “I didn’t think you were that great of a student.”
I laughed because my fourth grade report card would reflect the same point of view. Although I am a terrible classroom student, I love to learn and have spent my life taking classes. In fact I just finished an art class with Penn State and signed up for an online writing course beginning in September. I also spent a couple years at Wahpeton Science School where the motto is “learn by doing.” And, that’s what I do. I have taught myself many skills by reading books or doing self-directed courses.
When my children were struggling through high school I reminded them that on the timeline of their life, high school was a mere pinhead-sized dot. While education may be important for today’s career path; there are many ways to learn outside of a typical stuffy classroom. Oh, I truly believe reading is the key to learning. So don’t neglect your novels this summer.
But since we we are on the subject of schools. I just love that photo of the old Fredonia School; I have but one report card from that school. I do not know the how or why it is the only one I have, but I love it. I may be breaking some kind of privacy law here, but what the heck – it is such a blast from the past.
You know where I am going with this, don’t you?
If you have such treasures buried in your keepsake box, maybe you would like to share them with our project. We would take your stories, memories, photos (please try and id as many folks as possible) and comments.
Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have a good start with out collection as I saved the school comments for another time and we aren’t getting any younger.