The Heart of Education is Education of the Heart
Student Writing & Photo Exhibition at North Campus
By Laura Binah Jijon
With standardized testing, graduation rates, and fee hikes making the news, it’s easy to forget that education is truly about something much deeper. The word education has its roots in the concept of “bringing out or drawing forth.” Our task as teachers is not to fill students with information or knowledge, but to encourage and inspire, to draw out or bring forth their deepest reserves of talent and wisdom experience, and hope.
On the grey and blustery afternoon of Friday, April 15, approximately 50 guests arrived at North Campus to hear the writers share the struggles and joys of the writing process, to view narrative photos of each writer, as well as read the stories which were published by 4th World into a lovely and meaningful collection called “The Roles We Play,” and to share food and drink prepared by our students and our 4th World colleagues. Guests included family members, a local pastor, case managers from New Mexico Aging and Long Term Services, and National Directors from 4th World.
The Roles We Play project began with 4th World workers in England and was designed to give honor and voice to those stories so often silenced by poverty and politics. The success of that venture encouraged the local 4th World staff to invite our Adult Education Students to participate. Not only are we offering this local exhibit, but the stories will also be shared globally through 4th World social media sites.
While it is important to learn academics, our students also said that this experience in our Adult Education Center taught them how to be brave, how to belong to a family, how to trust themselves, how to explore their history, and how expand their vision of the world. . .in short, it taught them how to educate their hearts!
The Roles We Play Event Photos: