Article: The importance of education.

 

The question is not if education is important, the question is what we want to teach our children.
During the last decade, it has become more and more important to continue studying to get the qualifications and increase the chance of a well paid job. A well paid job means more money and for most people more money is related to a better life. This also has resulted in more and more families in which both parents work. But what is better for the wallet doesn't always mean that it is better for you, your family or the future of your children. Children grow up learning left brained material, which is mostly based on memorizing facts and formulas. After the study, they will find that they only use a small part of the learned material for their jobs. For most jobs, the person's personality and social skills are most important. To develop these, a loving environment with set boundaries is the key. It is the role of the parents to provide this. I wonder how many people (even the ones who studied lots) have self-confidence, love their job and live their passion. Isn't this what life is all about? Doing things you love and feeling good about it.

When we find our passion and live it, we will find that everything we need flows towards us, the Universe supports us because we are expressing our Soul purpose. We need an 'education system' which teaches us to find our passion and encourages us to do what we love. When you love what you do, you will be good at it and because you are good at it, you will build up your self confidence.
I clearly remember my passion when I was young. I read all the books about planets, rockets, airplanes, etc. Most of the nights, before I went to bed, I looked out of the window up to the stars and dreamed of becoming an astronaut. I was very passionate about this and every part of me knew that I would become an astronaut. There was no doubt at all. This all changed when I was 11 years old and the teacher of my class asked what job we want to have when we are grown up. All the answers that were given were okay: baker, teacher, builder, mechanic, etc. But when it was my turn and  I replied ‘Astronaut’, suddenly everybody started laughing and the teacher explained to me that this was impossible. That day, I gave up my passion, because I believed the teacher more than myself (who wouldn't at an age of 11).

After this incident it took me about 22 years to find a new passion. During all this time I felt my life didn’t have purpose or direction.

When I look back at my school years, I see that I had the potential to become what I dreamed. I learned what was taught with very little to almost no effort. I loved maths, computers and physics.


Because my dream was ‘impossible’, my interest and motivation to study had become very low. Even after I graduated as a Bachelor of Science in Food Technology, I still didn't know what to do in my life. My goal was simply to get my papers and start life, because that is what adults told me: Once you get your qualification papers, your life starts. So that is what I did, I started my life after I got my papers. Let me rephrase this: I tried to start life once I got my papers. I started working at an age of 26, I got depressed and felt that there had to be more to life than working from eight to five. I started reading self-help books like management books and positive thinking books. This was followed by spiritual books and I started developing my intuition through spiritual workshops. I discovered things that where never taught to me. I found myself, my qualities and I discovered my spiritual connection to other tribes all over the world and I experienced a strong connection with Mother Earth. Now most of my life is dedicated to the spiritual side of life.

After graduating, I spent most time as a worldwide trouble shooter for the food processing industry. In this work I hardly used any of the knowledge that I had gathered at school. Most important aspects were based on social skills and experience.

In a book I once read, an Apache Indian said: 'A man not living his vision is like the living death'. I wonder how many of the people on this planet are really living their vision.  

In 2005 my partner and I went to the Rudolph Steiner school because our four year old daughter wanted to go to kindergarten. The teacher asked me what I expected from the School.

My answer was: I want my daughter to make friends and find her passion and I expect you to stimulate that in every possible way. I want her to be happy and enjoy going to school.


Much Love, Courage & Strength,
Ivo Nieling.
October 2005

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