In college, we students are supposedly learning the skills to perform jobs in the future. We train to be the best teacher, lawyer, engineer or whatever our career choice is that we can be. Surely a fancy degree will help us with everything, right? Actually, that may not entirely be the case. Did you ever stop and consider why you know how to talk to others respectfully, or why we just know how to do ‘things’ in general? Perhaps a college education is not the basis of where our preparation for the future starts. Perhaps it happens several years earlier.
As an elementary education major, I am preparing to learn how to properly teach young minds about the world. I’ll be giving the basis that will help better prepare them for their future educations, for going off to bigger and better things. I am hoping to one day become a Kindergarten teacher, because I’ve had so many fond memories from then. Learning to write, learning to read, playtime, naptime, making all new friends. It’s all good fun, right? One could view it as more of an extended playtime than anything else. However, if we are to go by Robert Fulghum’s book, “All I Really Need to Know, I Learned in Kindergarten,” children learn the most important life lessons at this time.
Consider what we are taught in kindergarten. We are taught to share, play nicely with the other children, to not hit, to clean up after yourselves, to try new things. These actions don’t just stop after we ‘graduate’ kindergarten. Even later in life, we still repeat and remember these little life lessons. As adults we automatically know that it’s expected of us to take responsibility of our own actions, to not commit random acts of violence, to treat others with respect. In a sense, what we learn about in kindergarten helps prepare us for the real world, even though we never realized it at the time.