Saturday, September 09, 2006
This really happened. I was talking to a student, reminding her that she needed to use her class time wisely, and save herself from having to do the assignment entirely at home, when she informed me that she wasn't that interested in the topic she had chosen. We talked some more about what she might be interested in and she said: "Look all I need to be happy in the future is a house, a husband, two kids and some chips and dip, and I'll be right." For a minute I was speechless. That student is in year 8 and feels that her education (at least at that moment) is just time filling until that moment when all her dreams come true. That was yesterday. Today she came to class with half a page of writing and I still have some hope that she will see that what we discussed about conversations that had more in them than looking after children and house might be worth something in her present, as well as her future. After all, Sydney Harris does say something about education being to "make one's mind a pleasant place in which to spend one's leisure."