A few months ago I began taking classes to earn an MA in Education at Simpson University. Any extra time I have between teaching 20 1st and 2nd graders, parenting six children, and being a wife is spent doing homework now. I’m overwhelmed at times, but I love learning. Especially when I’m passionate about what I’m studying.
I’m learning a lot about leadership styles and how they apply to education. As I explore educational leadership, I can’t help but reflect on what I value the most in education. I value parents, teachers, and community working together to support kids. I also value kids supporting parents, teachers, and the community. Children should not be sponges soaking up all the attention and energy; they need to produce and give back to their world. This is the generation of young people that our world needs. And this is the empowerment that the next generation of world changers must have.
I ran across an article about an intergenerational learning center where elderly are helping Kindergartners to read. This is a concept that was a natural part of our society generations ago when it was common for family generations to stick together. The elderly and the very young have since been segregated by our society. I’m not exactly sure how it happened or why, but repercussions echo through generations of self-centered, unsatisfied young people and lonely, excluded elderly. We all need meaning in life – young or old. Separating them from each other robs them both of the joy and mental health obtained by focusing on others.
In a society that struggles to achieve racial, cultural, and economic equality, why is it that the issue of agism and generational segregation isn’t a priority? Is this a healthy model for society?