Self-Education is the most organic form of learning. We were born wired for self-education and come into the world self-educating; until it is discouraged, suppressed and conditioned out. Self-education may feel new to people today as in recent, education has been broadly institutionalized however self-education is the oldest form of education that has stood the test of time and resulted in some of the greatest people who have made a real difference in all time.
“It is a miracle that curiosity survives a formal education.” Albert Einstein
Self-education and purposeful living, when done together create extraordinary results. They really go hand in hand. When you are on purpose you can see what is superfluous and let go of what is really not necessary to open more focus on what’s really important. This is where you start seeing the greatest results and where every person can shine their genius. When you and your children are more purposeful, education is no longer a struggle or fight. Everyone is learning and on purpose.
Searching the etymology of self-education we find that it’s also known as auto didacticism which means learning on our own, a self-teacher. The term is rooted in the ancient Greek words: auto=self and didaktikos=teaching.
Our society is structured around institutional learning and if you’re like me, you grew up in an artificial learning environment being told what to learn when and constantly graded and measured. In this structure, due to volume, you have to adhere to strict rules and regulations disregarding your particular needs and/or situation. This means sitting for hours working on the agenda of others and trained to move to the next subject when the bell rings. For some, especially creative’s, this is torture and where learning and the love for learning ends.
“Actually, all education is self-education. A teacher is only a guide, to point out the way, and no school, no matter how excellent, can give you education…What you receive is like the outlines in a child’s coloring book. You must fill in the colors yourself.” –Louis L’Amour
Whether a child attends a public school or is homeschooled, it’s imperative that he learn how to self-educate, be a free thinker and creative. Every person is his own educator because he can only learn what he chooses to learn or accepts. Self-education helps you understand your world which allows you to make better choices and increases your ability to move through life successfully always knowing how to find what you need and learning what you must know. This allows you to have a customized plan and move at your own pace. It’s not teacher intensive nor are you limited to the degree of knowledge of a teacher but rather are open to the flow of inspiration from many sources and experiences. Don’t worry, this does not mean you are completely on your own. With self-education and the flow of everyday living you will include time for self-study but also discussion with others, hands on experiences and when needed class time or seminars. Self-education means you are not limited to one mode of learning, which allows you to learn in the most organic and natural way.
Whether you chose to home educate or not, it’s important that every family implement and take on the lifelong practice of self-education. This is not only for the children but for yourself as well. Parents who want to create a successful experience for their children bring this forth by modeling what self-education is, how it’s practiced and how it’s lived as a lifestyle. As highly cultured, productive, smart adults/parents we must realize the significance of our own personal development and education. We are a constant work in progress, always growing an expanding.
Basically and truthfully, we are only both learning and growing or we’re not, which is declining and dying. I think of our continued personal development as necessary just as photosynthesis is to a plant. We’re soaking in the resources and learning, processing, growing and rising to our highest self. And as we do, so do our children.
As self-educator’s we let go of the daily practice of teaching or playing the role of teacher and move to a position of walking side-by-side with our children, mentoring and partnering.
For children learning their basics and academics, they can self-educate with the guidance of a mentor which is best if it is the parents during the early years. Once a child gets to the age of 14 years or older it is recommended that his influence of mentors expand into the community of well trusted members.
Parents should include in their own studies personal development in parenting, mentoring, professional topics, and academic and/or hobby pursuits. When families implement a self-education model that involves the whole family they find new opportunities and financial gains a plus as a result of their education and development advancements. When we graduate school, it doesn’t mean the learning comes to an end, really it continues to greater depths. The only way we can grow and be ALIVE is through self-education, self-improvement, understanding and service to others. This is individually as well as a whole family, community and world. We need to forget about recessions and depressions and get up and educate ourselves to love more, live more and learn more. It’s truly for the whole family, really for the whole world.