edu180atl: peter bucklin 8.12.11
My son is about to start pre-school at age three. Born with a rare genetic disorder, CHARGE syndrome, he has hearing and vision impairment and does not talk, yet. He’s fluent in signing though and loves to read, spell, and play with numbers. He starts school now to continue receiving needed services. I want to tell him this:
I didn’t go to school to learn. I went to school to show off what I thought I knew. Knowledge picked up in pieces, much of which didn’t make sense apart from the whole, but yet proudly pushed out to whoever was near, listening or not. So preoccupied with my need for attention, I barely heard a word uttered by anyone else, especially teachers. This created many embarrassing and humbling moments, leaving the impression I might not be all that smart after all.
Thankfully, I discovered life is infinitely more interesting with my eyes and ears open, searching for things other than me. That wisdom is not knowledge, but being engaged, alive in each moment, with the curiosity to ask questions and keep asking because there is always something more to learn. And most of all I discovered this thing called love. From my son, imparted in wonderfully joyously ways. Something I want to learn every last bit about in order to give my son hope, courage and a values-driven life that encourages his learning and the love of others.
About the Author: Peter Bucklin is a parent, artist, and writer whose desire for learning came slowly but fully. As such, he’s also an explorer of new ideas, creativity and the joys of living life.