I am constantly surprised at how few kids walk to school these days. For the last couple of weeks the weather has been absolutely glorious, the skies have been crisp and clear, the sun has been bellowing down, and there hasn’t been a rain cloud in sight.

“it seems such a wonderful and convenient idea…”

So that’s no excuse, and anyway, there are raincoats. Living in small towns, it seems such a wonderful and convenient idea to send kids off to school in groups with their friends, on bikes, scooters, or on foot. And so I get perplex when I don’t see a lot of this happening.

It is a shame. As a teacher said to me this week, it is remarkable what difference exercise makes to the day, when it is started with a bit of fresh air and activity. I feel it, so who knows what good things it does to the happiness of a seventeen-year-old.

“(Education)… is about teaching us how to learn, teaching us the value of knowledge.” 

Improving the lives of youngsters in a different way is education, and access to opportunities. With each day that goes by, I place more and more value on education. Anyone who believes education doesn’t play a hugely pivotal role in our lives is wrong. I realised recently that school and, to a lesser extent, university, is not so much about passing on vast expanses of knowledge, or vital details of the structure of an atom.

But more so, it is about teaching us how to learn, teaching us the value of knowledge. Knowledge, or a lack of, shapes the world. It is never too late to start learning, if it’s about convincing yourself to connect to the internet after all, or getting enthusiastic about doing the four-times table, just hook in and do it.

“Knowledge, or a lack of, shapes the world”

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I was fiercely attacked and was being defeated, but the Lord helped me. Psalms 118:13 Reach for the stars, not for anything less.

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