“The Challenge of Lifelong Learning”

Literacy and Me

“Many people give up on learning after they leave school because thirteen or twenty years of extrinsically motivated education is still a source of unpleasant memories. Their attention has been manipulated long enough from the outside by textbooks and teachers, and they have counted graduation as the first day of freedom.

But a person who forgoes the use of his symbolic skills his never really free. His thinking will be directed by the opinions of his neighbors, by the editorials in the paper and by the appeals of television. He will be at the mercy of “experts.” Ideally the end of an extrinsically applied education should be the start of an education that is motivated intrinsically. At that point the goal of studying is no longer to make the grade, earn a diploma and find a good job. Rather, it is to understand what is happening around one, to develop…

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Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."

2 thoughts on ““The Challenge of Lifelong Learning””

  1. I think many people have never known it was possible to pursue an interest, a passion, a creative endeavor in life, and to do so at low cost. I heard about free college for senior citizens (http://www.collegeforalltexans.com/apps/financialaid/tofa2.cfm?ID=564) in Texas only a few years ago. Perhaps others don’t realize the public library offers many free resources as well. Do people know that a Houston Public Library card is available free to anyone in Texas? A card there allows people to take many classes for free.

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