Wednesday, June 16, 2010

My educational goals

Last fall, Heidi wrote an excellent post regarding educational goals...
her educational goals.
Goals that have nothing to do with standardized bubble tests,
achievement rates, and assembly line education...
but everything to do with raising truly "human beings."

I was very impressed by her list and have thought of it often,
especially over these past few weeks as I've been elbow-deep in catalogs and books and plans
for our next academic year.

What qualities do I want to see in my children... right now and 10 years from now?
What traits do I want to instill in them?
What do I want for them... in the long run?
When all's said and done, what is the end goal of their education?
For them to be loving, capable, and content? Yes.
But even more-so... for them to be God-honoring, God-following,
God-adoring, God-praising beings... all of their days...
who seek to glorify Him in all they say and do.

So, inspired by Heidi's list and excited by the possibilities,
I decided to write one of my own...
modeled after hers, of course, because she's a creative genius, and me...
well, not so much.

Here's my list:

What I want for my children,
that they might live a rich life:


Love God,

glorify Him, and

hide His Word in your heart.

Serve others.

Give thanks.

Stand for truth & settle for nothing less.

Run with perseverance and

never. give. up.

Learn something new every day.

Ask questions and search for answers.

Read. Read. Read.
And then read some more.

Explore. Investigate. Observe. Discover.

Examine. Inquire. Think.

Play hard and sleep well.

Count your blessings and

laugh. every. single. day.

Learn to be content in all things, and

never forget that character counts.

Smile!

Plant a garden and watch it grow.

Bask in the sunshine and jump in the puddles.

Manage your time and your resources well.

Dream big!

Encourage one another,

and build each other up.

Practice hospitality.

Think, discuss, and share ideas.

Accept new challenges.

Listen before you speak.

Be kind and honor others.

Defend freedom and

protect the innocent.

Be strong & courageous.

Forgive.

Dwell on the lovely, the pure, and the noble,

and ponder His goodness, every single day.

Seek wisdom.

Show compassion.

Sing!

Cherish relationships.

Pray without ceasing.

Care for the needy.

Rejoice!

And always remember: you are loved.

5 comments:

Carrie said...

WOW! Looks like someone's been playing with their blog!! ;)

Green is my favorite color - how peaceful ... perfect!

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your list, Heather!!! If I was only half the writer you are, I'd try to do one like this, too! If I attempt it, I may have to model mine after YOURS! ;)

Linda said...

I love you new look Heather - it is just beautiful!
I cannot think of a thing to improve your educational goals. Would that every child could learn such eternal truths.

Christine said...

I love your new look and layout. Clean and simple. Perfect.

And your list...wow! How inspiring. It makes my heart jump with joy to read such high goals. And to think that with God's help you can acquire them!
Reminds me of Matthew 6:33
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

Thanks for the inspiration, Heather. I think I'll work on my list too. You won't mind if it looks a lot like yours, will you? :)

Anonymous said...

Love the new header and color. I thought something was wrong with our computer at first. Great list! Take care,love Mom

Heather said...

Carrie & Christine-- by all means, please feel free to create your own version! I modeled mine after Heidi's and am pleased with the results... but oh, how I'd LOVE to see what you two come up with!