Sunday, February 12, 2017

Get Wisdom at Any Cost

Get Wisdom at Any Cost
#progressive vs #traditional learning
By Cherry Moriones Doromal
"Get Wisdom at Any Cost"-- That's the heading of Proverbs 4 (NIV) penned by one of my favorite authors of all time King Solomon😉 And who, again, is Solomon? Some of you, gentlemen, might say: "Ahhh! I also like Solomon, the king with 700 wives and 300 concubines!" 😜 True! But he is also that King of Israel who asked God for wisdom. Having pleased the Lord about his intentions,he was given unsurpassed wisdom, plus wealth and  honor. (1 Kings 3:5-13)

If you have time, I suggest that you read the entirety of Proverbs 4. It is concise and beautiful!  But for now let's concentrate on verses 7 and 8 :

"7 The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom.Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
8 Cherish her, and she will exalt you;
    embrace her, and she will honor you."

How do we get wisdom?

As a #TeacherMom, I am a strong advocate of progressive learning.  My kids are very much aware (at least in theory for now, as they're still young) that we get wisdom from combined channels of learning, not only  from books.  In this family, we make learning as enjoyable and light as possible!

Contrary and with all due respect to traditional learning, we do not set a time limit for learning and teaching in our family. The reason is that every minute is an opportunity to learn. Again, wisdom is not only derived from formal schooling. Whenever we watch the television, we learn from the program, depending on what we watch... When we go to the supermarket, we learn math, economics, promotion,advertising, as well as respect, discipline and patience especially when we have to wait long for our turn in the cashier.

We learn primarily from our family, associates, and mostly from experiences (experiential learning), practice and other avenues such as travel, observation, listening, experimentation, arts, music, sports, socialization and dealing with various people at all levels in society, service, and engagement in diverse activities which develop our intellect, physique, emotional maturity and discipline.

Above all, we should abide by the ultimate tip about wisdom as contained in Proverbs 9:10: "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding."

Though life is a ceaseless learning opportunity for all and that we learn spectacular things along the way, alone or in collaboration with others,  I still believe that those are nothing without fear of the Almighty.  For that reason, whatever we learn each day, and through whatever manner, we would like to commit them for the glory of God.

Below are some photos showing you how we study/learn day after day.  Posted also is a chart comparing "Traditional" and "Progressive" learning, for your guidance.

Let me expound  a bit on the concept of progressive learning in simple terms. In traditonal school, we learn that 1+1 is 2. In progressive learning, we learn and apply math in practical manners which might have never been discussed in books. For instance, I bought a "buy 1 take 1 apple" from a fruit stand for "pasalubong" to Zekie and Strong. So, how many apples do I have upon reaching home?  The books would tell me, 1 apple plus 1 apple equals 2.  However, when I opened  my shopping bag, I learned that the other apple is rotten and only one is fresh and may be eaten. In reality, my 1+1 apple is not 2 but 1. That is progressive learning. In progressive learning, "real life" situations become our teachers.

As you might have noticed, I write and share a lot online and my posts are found in innumerable sites outside of FB -- which I, too, can't total😜-- pardon me as I am constantly excited performing my passion and calling: "To Learn, Lead, Teach, Serve, Influence and Inspire".

What wisdom have you learned in this life that you can share with others? Each of us is a unique living book where others may obtain wisdom from.

#wisdom #learning #teaching #progressivelearning by Cherry Moriones Doromal

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