The gift of learning

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I love to learn and try new things. One of my favorite quotes from Albert Einstein is, “Most teachers waste their time by asking questions that are intended to discover what a pupil does not know, whereas the true art of questioning is to discover what the pupil does know or is capable of knowing.” He also said, “Learning is experience. Everything else is just information.”

That is why I’m so excited that my oldest son is studying abroad in London this summer. While reading Shakespeare and other great pieces of literature can make a person feel profound or even moved to tears, watching a Shakespearean play at The Globe immerses you in the experience. It’s unforgettable.

In addition to the actual classes he will attend, he gets an opportunity to learn from new cultures and travel to many different countries. As any parent would be, I’m nervous that he’s so far from home, but I’m also anxious to meet the man who will return from his adventures. It will be difficult to navigate all the experiences, giving him a new perspective on life — what a gift, right?

Every student has a right to learn — a simple statement that isn’t always easy to apply. Kids learn differently and at varying speeds; some students need to have visual aids while some soak up a lecture or the required reading, and others need experiences to process the information. Unfortunately, kids can have a tough time helping parents and educators understand their needs.

The opportunities that children and adult learners have today through online education is quite remarkable. Students can expand their horizons and move ahead with classes not taught in their district, or students can take classes and work at a pace that suits them. The beautiful partnerships forged through blended learning options within school districts have given students an understanding of how online education works.

It’s important to understand these options, because students will need to utilize their skills as they get older — especially in college. Luckily, these whippersnappers were born with a mouse in one hand and a tablet in the other. Technology is a great learning tool, and they are getting equipped to respond accordingly.

If you’re thinking about learning something new, consider golf. The CAWLM Lady Classic is coming up, and beginner golfers are welcome to participate. Join us on Sept. 20 at Hawk Hollow Golf Course and have a great day with some amazing women. It’s one of my favorite days of  the year.


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Tiffany Dowling

Tiffany Dowling is the Founder and President of M3 Group, a full-service branding agency located in downtown Lansing, Mich. She is also owner and publisher of Capital Area Women’s LifeStyle Magazine and the Greater Lansing Business Monthly. Dowling has helped businesses and organizations with branding needs for more than a decade. Learn more at www.m3group.biz.