When our daughters were young we made the choice to homeschool them. We did it for 3 years. The youngest was pre-kindergarten when we started and the oldest had finished 5th grade when we ended.
A number of great things came from those 3 years, but the one that is appropo to this idea is that from those years forward the home was never NOT a place of education. They didn’t have that split between a physical building called school where you learned, and home where you just did everything else. Home was just as much a place to learn as school, even after they all went back to school.
The other element in this that is important is how you, as an adult who has finished school, continues to be an example of getting an education for those around you, whether your children or someone else at work, church, a club, etc.
You do that by knowing what you love and finding out more about it. You don’t have to study things you don’t like, you don’t have to take a course in some dry topic. But if you like woodworking, then study it. If you liked science in college, then continue to explore it. There are great books, lecture series, TV shows, and more that will keep you informed and help you continue to grow and learn in the world.
Here is a list of some great books that will stimulate your mind and have you looking for more!
Proust was a Neuroscientist – Jonah Lehrer – How artists predicted discoveries in Neuroscience decades and centuries before the experiments and ideas came out in science.
Do You Matter – How great design will make people love your company – Brunner and Emery
How design is not just about a product, it is about creating an entire emotional customer experience top to bottom.
Islam – Karen Armstrong – If you want to know the basics of this religion, and its history, this is a great one volume book.
Guns, Germs and Steel – Jared Diamond – A fantastic explanation of how societies rise and fall over the centuries, going all the way back to the hunter gatherers of 10,000 plus years ago. A VERY important book.
A Brief History of Time – The Illustrated Version – Stephen Hawking – The illustrated version is great because, you know…books are cool because sometimes they have neat pictures in them! Seriously, it’s a fantastic explanation of the universe as it has been understood in recent decades.