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Social Issue Saturday Education BirthMay 2021

Hello everyone! Today, I wanted to share the last social issue I’m passionate about for this year’s BirthMay – education!


This one is particularly exciting as I’m now working in higher education too! Anyway, I’ve always been a big fan of formal schooling, and I wanted to share that here on my blog.

Oh! If you’re new here (newer than May 2020) you might be wondering, what’s BirthMay? Well, every year I blog every day in May because it is my birth month. I just figured it was something fun to do, and it has proven to be really enjoyable for me. This will be the fifth BirthMay on my blog! No matter how many BirthMays you’ve been through with me, thank you for being here this BirthMay and thank you for your support!


Why I Care About Education

I’ve always had a strong love for learning. I remember getting so mad in kindergarten once because my mom kept me home from school! The reason was that I had chicken pox, so of course I had to stay home but try explaining that to kindergarten me.

My parents, my mom in particular, would always stress the importance of school. Like many parents at that time, they totally pushed the “if you get good grades then you’ll get into a good college and get a great paying job” narrative that was true up until the “great” paying job part! I did get great grades, school was very easy for me as I learn very easily. For the most part, I could read or see information once and remembered the majority of it.

I still have that ability to this day. At work I am currently in training because I just started two weeks ago, and I’m easily learning the material despite not trying too hard to do so. It’s just that I learn quickly!

Since I was so good at learning, I grew to really love it. I was motivated by the good grades too but mostly I just loved to learn. I used to read encyclopedias for fun too. I truly believe that school and learning should be an enjoyable experience for everyone, so education in general is something important to me.

What This Issue Means to Me

I think since the majority of my education was in formal, in-person school that is always what comes to mind first. I did all my grade school K-12 in public schools, went to a private university for undergrad, and then back to the same private university for graduate school. But I have also done random classes online and those are good too. I find it harder to focus for those, but in the past year I think everyone has learned to appreciate online schooling in a new way.

I do believe that everyone should have access to free/affordable quality education. I know plenty of places might have access to education but it might be too expensive for them, or maybe it is free or low-cost but not great quality. I also think that it’s important to acknowledge that not everyone learns the same way or is interested in the same stuff. I do agree that everyone should know the basics of every subject though, but they shouldn’t be forced to take classes like “gym” that doesn’t interest them. (Speaking about me honestly. Gym was the most pointless “class” ever.)

Back to the point. Free/affordable quality education for everyone!

What I Want to Do About This

I am not sure actually! I don’t know if I will end up liking academic advising just yet (so far, so good though!) but if I do like it then I’d love to continue in higher education. I would maybe like to try teaching someday, maybe volunteer at a library to do some sort of workshop, or something like that.

Something I try to do for when my friends have kids is buy them some books to read to their kids. I can’t imagine growing up without books so I think the kids should own some before they’re born for sure!

I also plan to always vote with education being one of my top issues for picking a candidate to support.


So that’s some real quick thoughts I have on education! I feel bad leaving this one until the end because I feel like I rushed this one to get it done to get it posted even though I do feel so strongly about education! It’s my new career for goodness’ sake! But my new job has really tired me out during the training so I just did what I could.

As always, if there is something I said that made you think, do your own research on it and see what you want to do about the issue!

Thanks for reading!

Pamela

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