This week Fandango has asked a question about education. His provocative question for this week is –
What do you think is the one subject (or thing) that should be taught in school that isn’t?
I could mention a lot of things but there are two things that I think should be taught. The arts. Music, dance (I took modern dance instead of gym class) and art classes. It is important to feed a child’s creativity. And while you most likely won’t need to know how to read music to succeed in life, I think it is still necessary to make a well-rounded adult.
And speaking of adults… kids need to know about a lot of grown-up things. Basic math – balance a check book or bank account, file taxes, figure loan or interest rates. Living skills (used to be home economics, now is family consumer services) – minor plumbing, cooking, laundry, sewing basics (sew on a button) basic car maintenance. I know kids should learn these things at home, but there are so few who do. Their parents are working and involved in their own projects. Not only did I have two semesters of home ec (a quarter of sewing and one of cooking) but I had an adult living class as well.
Ok, go to your school board meetings and fight for the future of your kids. Life is truly more about knowing how to make a budget than what year the Louisiana Purchase happened.
Fandango has a question he poses every week… this week I think I will join in with my answer. From his post:
Before I ever started blogging, I was talking with a guy who was a blogger. I asked him why he enjoyed blogging. His answer surprised me. He said that on his blog, he could be the man he always wanted to be. He added that he liked who he was on his blog better than who he was in the real world.
That floored me. I couldn’t fathom how someone could be one person in real life and another person in a virtual life. But he explained that he could more freely express himself on his blog. That he was actually more forthright, honest, and open about his opinions, perspectives, and beliefs in the blogosphere than he could ever be in real life, where he felt constrained by the etiquette of polite society. His blogging self, he said, was more reflective of who he was than his “real” self. My mind was blown.
So my question this week is this.
Are you the same person on your blog as you are in real life? Do you like yourself more in the virtual world than you do in the real world?
I am kind of like I am in real life… kind of. Here with an anonymous blog I feel more open and honest. In real life I am a scared shy lady who is afraid and depressed a lot. I think here because I am so honest and open I feel stronger as a person. If I have feelings for someone, I find it easier to “talk” to them through a poem or words in general; I get tongue tied carrying on a conversation a lot. I just don’t have the confidence I seem to find somewhere in my writing.
Do I like myself more? That’s a tough one. I think I do prefer the blog me. I don’t have much self-worth in real life. I am starting to believe my writing is ok. I have a few followers that tell me I am doing a good job anyway. And I think I have more friends in the blogging community than I trust in real life. I have three people in the last 8 or 9 years that have just turned around and walked away. So, it is hard to trust… and my ex-husband didn’t help me with the trust issues with him being an alcoholic. But yes, I like my blogging me better than the real world me.
Written for Fandango’s Provocative Question (#FPQ) #64