Heathfield communication would not be authentic without some major typos. So to save you the hassle/excitement of looking for it, I thought the post title would be the place to start. Being out of school for 5 weeks has turned our minds to Education and how we can focus the twins on a little of it, or at least to notice how the trip might be doing it for them. In Africa there was some literacy based in journal work and today we had a second go.

Of course an opportunity like this reminds us that Ed. Is more than just facts and figures. We do have some of those and we spent this morning working on the map we have carried with us round the world. We mark our route, distances and times and use stickers to mark interesting things on the way. The twins worked out that we have gone 13,701 miles to date and have been on planes for 25 hrs so far. Some great maths and writing have created neat tables showing it all, so we can make sense of the map.

But of course it’s more than just that. I like this description…

‘…Education in the largest sense is any act or experience that has a formative effect on the mind, character, or physical ability of an individual. In its technical sense, education is the process by which society deliberately transmits its accumulated knowledge, skills, and values from one generation to another…’

We could just float round our trip without any attempt to draw out the process of what it is teaching us all. So an hour of maths and maps is one small way of trying to ‘deliberately transmit’ some elements of what the experience is forming in our minds and characters. Perhaps rooting the technical process of learning in the real life experience is partly what motivated us to keep going through tears and uncertainty as numbers and letters threatened to overwhelm some of us. Without that crucial connection Ejukashone would be reduced to mere spelling!

Thee is certainly great joy in achieving the result and making sense of maps, maths and all that describes the journey through them. Then education feels as through it is happening in our midst (not least for what it means to be parent – the first and primary teacher)



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