"If we want children to learn, we must allow them to think and to ask difficult questions that may or may not have clear or straightforward answers. Not only is this a requirement for education, it is also a necessity for justice and democracy. A teacher who can guide students to arrive at choices and decisions that differ from the ones the teacher herself would make, is teaching for democracy. To respect and include views, perspectives and choices that are not intuitive to the teacher nor part of the culture from which the teacher originates, is truly to teach for democratic engagement. While people must be free to disagree with one another, they must also retain respect for the dignity and humanity of each person, no matter how objectionable that person’s views may be. It has been said that democracy requires diversity of opinion, because one cannot know something to be true without having considered all the opinions on it. Quelling or censoring divergent opinions does not lead to learning. It leads to frustration and disharmony."
A reader asks: 23 year old + A.A, B.F.A, A.A.S degrees = lack of job satisfaction. Just can’t seem to figure it out, what is one to do? Can’t reasonably be a fulltime student for the rest of my life. So, what should one do to ensure finding the right career that ensures job satisfaction most of all and a comfortable living?
Bad news first: the answer to your question will not be in this (or any!) blog entry. “How do I find a satisfying, lucrative career that suits my needs?” is akin to “Where will I encounter my soulmate?” Some false premises are at play.
Some people find their soulmate. And other people find jobs that pay them $150,000 a year to fight the good fight and still have time for rich and satisfying home lives.
But … that does not happen in your 20s. If ever. So for right now, the real question is what is most important to you? Is it money? Pursuing your passion? Doing something you’re uniquely good at? Something that pays the bills but doesn’t eat your life?