Miss Wilmas heart is crying. She does not agree with the ambitions that we are already giving children to other standards that are not right in her eyes. “Slowly but surely this week, the terrible awakening of consciousness came in again, which we are currently doing to the children with our twisted ideas.”
Were telling the kids that theyre going to run behind, schools make up all sorts of anxieties to increase the quality of education even more out of stress. But is the vision correct that the children are going to lag behind? And what do we say, with what feeling do we saddle them with even more not enough and the idea that they can never build a bright future again? That theyre already lost gigantically?
I would so like to refute this in a few sentences, but I fear it will need more words. I hope and wish, for the benefit of all children, that everyone will read this and think about it.
You learn all your life
The idea of the past, that in school the future of the child is determined, is hopelessly outdated. It even dates back to the time of the industrial revolution: everything had to be quicker, automated, and only in school there was something to learn. And after school, it stopped, because hey, there wasnt a digital world.
But in my opinion this conviction is really allowed to go into the closet. Life is a journey, a life is a journey of discovery from beginning to end. And if you want to learn something, you can, and most importantly, outside the school.
What Ive learned in the last ten years is truly unimaginably much more than Ive ever learned in my gymnasiums. Whether its meditation, knitting socks, making knowledge about fractals or about delicious healthy food or dealing with less money: I learn it digitally or through contact with others around me.
And from your own motivation, without pressure and stress. So no, a child never lags behind: you can learn your whole life, there is a whole life time.
Follow your talent
A second conviction is the idea that more intellect, more head knowledge, more money, and with it happiness. Well, when I look at the kids Ive taught, it certainly hasnt proved to be true. I have had children in my class, who were really unburdensome in terms of mathematics and language, spoken to men who used to be hopelessly frustrated because, for example, they were dyslexic, with all the consequences of inferiority.
But I can name countless reality stories, sometimes almost illiterate, who have become smelly rich from their passion and now live in large villas. And there I am sitting in my terraced house with my gymnasiumdiploma; it was not realised that my passion and talent were somewhere else than in books full of knowledge.
And has talented singing something to do with knowledge, has a beautiful stucco to do with a high language level, has a perfectly cut haircut to do with flawlessly naming provinces with their capitals, or has loving care in a nursing home, a hug and some sincere attention really do with scoring high on a cito test? I think following your talent has a lot more value.
Whats money worth?
And then I would like to discuss whether money really still has the value we have devised, whether money really brings happiness.
Ive really had to do with a lot less money for the last two years. With a growing awareness: Ive lived in everything, a terraced house, two-under-one, detached with swimming pool (ex-husband was pool builder). But I always had the stress of: am I safe, or do I have to work even harder to get that peace of money enough and thereby remove my essence even further.
Ive been traveling for 60 years now and no one, really no one I will ever tell you that the highest degree possible, the biggest house, the most money, the biggest car, the most delicious chef dinner, the most sophisticated equipment, the most expensive jewel, but also your most grand conviction happiest.
What makes you, the child, the most happy, that child knows that alone, and he or she may have a whole life to find it, in freedom and tranquility: not in stress, in race, in elbows, not in a desire for respect, or in admiration from the outside.
As far as Im concerned, no, a child never lags behind, a child is never stupid.
Gives a child rest
And as long as a school still thinks that knowledge comes only from the head, the school will preach probability inequality itself, the school is the cause of inequality.
Mind my words: the world is going to change. Less ambitious, less exhorbitance, less money, stress, quarrel and hatred, addiction and envy.
And you know what makes me happy right now: discover how I can do with less money, have more free time and rest for myself and myloved ones, and can do what I like most, and inspire people in it. And that has absolutely nothing to do with a gymnasium beta in the farthest distance.
Give the child rest and confidence, instead of fear, haste and feeling not enough.