Education That Leads To Greatness

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Post written by Peter G. James Sinclair & Ralph Waldo Emerson.

I am a huge believer in education, and a firm believer that as parents we must take greater responsibility for the education of our children. I, like many parents, during the early stages of my children’s school life, because of busyness and everything else that thrust itself at us, abdicated my personal responsibility of training up my children in the way that they should go, and handed that responsibility over to school teachers.

Then there was an abrupt interuption in our life, and as a direct result of that, my wife and I chose to withdraw our two youngest children from the conventional school and homeschooled them.

It was the best thing we ever did as both their lives and ours were now filled with wonderful shared experiences.

Our eldest daughter soon joined them because she in fact saw how much fun they were having, and then promptly left school as well.

What did I teach them?

I asked them, ‘What would you like to learn? What are you interested in?’

That defined their successful transition on and into adulthood, where my two eldest children now own and operate their own successful businesses, and my youngest, at present, manages one of my other businesses.

Ralph Waldo Emerson addresses this same subject in his great treatise on GREATNESS.

Here is just a portion that I re-read  the other day – and all I can say is this: nobody can write it as good as my mentor, dear Ralph.

‘A point of education that I can never too much insist upon is this tenet that every individual man has a bias which he must obey, and that it is only as he feels and obeys this that he rightly develops and attains his legitimate power in the world.

It is his magnetic needle, which points always in one direction to his proper path, with more or less variation from any other man’s.

He is never happy nor strong until he finds it, keeps it; learns to be at home with himself; learns to watch the delicate hints and insights that come to him, and to have the entire assurance of his own mind.

And in this self-respect or hearkening to the privatest oracle, he consults his ease I may say, or need never be at a loss.

In morals this is conscience; in intellect, genius; in practice, talent;—not to imitate or surpass a particular man in his way, but to bring out your own new way; to each his own method, style, wit, eloquence.’

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