“There are two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live.” John Adams

The education that teaches us how to make a living is easy enough to understand… the occupation that allows us to gain enough resources to take care of ourselves and our families; but what of the other education? Where do we obtain that one? How do we learn how to LIVE? What does it mean to live? The store shelves are filled with books on how to “get ahead”, “get things done”, “get more”, “get up the ladder”! With all of this getting, I wonder when we realize that life is more about the giving, than the getting? For me, this is the purpose of that other education. The one that comes from parents, siblings, friends, children… the giving education. The education that one cultivates over a lifetime…The one that teaches us that giving is really living. All of the best moments in our education on how to live involve giving. Giving our time, talent, love, respect and patience to the people and things close to us and perhaps, sometimes, to those half way around the world!

NOW TRY THIS: Do one thing this week that is not about getting. One thing that is purely giving…with no attached obligation for return. If you have a habit of doing this each week, encourage someone else to do the same.

Read as a family

A home without books is a body without a soul – Marcus Tullius Cicero

Love, some say, transforms the empty shell of a house into a home. I agree with that. When we fill a home with books, however, we give that home a soul. Books read individually and shared, books read as a family and discussed around the kitchen table, books passed from one generation to the next. This creates a tradition of love and literacy that extends far beyond the individual home and into the very fabric of society.

The traditions that we pass down to our children and communities are so important. The reading of good books should be one of them! Unfortunately, rushing from school to gym practice to volleyball to homework and dinner, we forget to breathe! To read and breathe.

The true test of character is not how much we know how to do but how we behave when we don’t know what to do -  John Holt

NOW TRY THIS – Grab a book that you think all of the family would enjoy. It could be fairy tales, poems, a novel or short story. Read with your family! Read after dinner for a few minutes. Read while breakfast happens before school. Don’t feel that you have to finish the chapter or finish the page or finish the paragraph! Just read for however many minutes you have!

Curiosity and education

“It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education” A. Einstein

So true! It seems that “formal” education inhibits the natural growth of curiosity. Isn’t it our nature to be curious about the world…the universe…each other…ourselves? It seems that education should follow this natural bent while exposing us to ideas and conclusions derived from those that have gone before us. Perhaps that is why, at this point, I am an advocate of classical education. The best ideas of the past combining with modern, curious minds. This has always been the way of man, has it not? Looking back, learning and moving the baton down the lane a bit more.  

NOW TRY THIS: Go online and type in the search engine “Best ideas of all time”. You will be surprised what you find! From modern ideas about using coat hangers to the best philosophical ideas from Ancient Greece…Foster that curiosity!

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Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
— Nelson Mandela

14 Rooms is on a mission. We want to help pave the way for change. Each person is many things. We each fill many roles and carry with us responsibilities to ourselves and responsibilities to others with whom our lives touch. 14 Rooms is created to respect some of the roles that we play. We are creative educators, historical detectives, artistic servants, book lovers and, in all ways, curious.

I am curious. Journey along with us! Learn with us! Explore with me... because “The more I give thee, the more I have, for both are infinite” W. Shakespeare