“Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.”
– William Butler Yeats
What do you want to be when you grow up? Seems like an easy question to answer . . . but throughout Elementary, Junior High and High School I never knew the answer. It changed over the years . . . at times it was a lawyer like my grandfather, other times it was a reporter like my dad, sometimes it was a professional baseball player and sometimes it was the President of the United States. But the truth is . . . I never knew what I wanted to be when I grew up, and after 4 years of college, 4 years of teaching High School History and one year of self discovery, I finally figured out what I wanted to be when I grew up.
I quit teaching High School and started The Tutoring Solution six months later. I loved teaching, but felt I was not making the type of impact I wanted to while working as a teacher. I know I influenced some lives for the better, but I also knew that there was no way to reach every student. Every day I would work with 165 students. Some I helped . . . and some . . . I never could.
I began tutoring one student, I enjoyed it so much I decided to make a business out of it – and that’s when The Tutoring Solution was born. I began thinking of ways to promote my tutoring services to my community so I started a website. After launching my website, I assumed thousands of people would flock to my webpage to see what I had to say. When that didn’t happen, I knew I had to do more than just sit and wait. So I continued to learn how to use the Internet to promote my tutoring services to my customers. That is when I discovered blogging. After beginning my blog I became excited and motivated and I knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my life . . . My fire had been lit.
Our current educational system treats children as if they are an empty bucket and the goal is to fill that bucket to the brim. Education should not be conducted in such a manner . . . learning should be fun . . . learning should be inspired . . . and learning should be something that students want to do over and over again. Education should be focused on inspiring passion and direction and then using that passion to teach fundamental skills.
Instead of filling a bucket, I want to light the fire of the students I teach. It is with that in mind that I have created The Tutoring Solution’s Blog-Based Learning Program. Through our blog-based learning program we hope to inspire students to excel in school . . . and not just do it because they have to or their parents want them to . . . but because they themselves want to. We want to inspire a new breed of student . . . a student who loves school and who loves learning. We feel that it is these students that will be the most prepared for life.
We have begun our blog-based learning program with our first student, Stephenie Perera. Stephenie has already begun the Blog-Based Learning Program – she has started blogging on her own site – StephenietheGreat. Follow along with Stephenie and I this Summer, as we both keep you updated on our progress. If you would like your son or daughter to take part in our blog-based learning program feel free to contact The Tutoring Solution at (909) 238 – 8233 today!