In all of the talk of the technological tools that we avail ourselves of to provide Connor with a fantastic education, I didn’t want to lose sight of the large role that we still play in his education.
I didn’t want to let it sound like we just let technology do everything and that it is all just super easy.
Although Connor’s mum and I do not have educational backgrounds, we are both huge lifelong learners.
Both Connor’s mum and I have multiple degrees, Masters degrees and a number of Diplomas. Between us we cover a fairly large variety of formal qualifications including Accounting, Finance, Law, Audiology, Business Management, Professional Services Firm Management, Journalism, Interpreting, Wine etc.
Far more importantly than these formal qualifications – which after all are often (but not always) more a sign of willingness to persist in the face of boredom, than a mark of any kind of learning that has taken place – we are both constantly studying subjects and skills of interest to us personally or for our work – it is easy for us to prove a belief in the value of lifelong learning.
Our love of knowledge is something that we have tried to impart to Connor. Being open to learning from a variety of people, across a broad range of areas, is also something that we have tried to model for Connor.
With this background then, we are quite actively engaged with Connor in helping him to create both the education that he wants and an education that will, hopefully, set him up for success in his future.
We tend to think that a child with only a few years knowledge of the world can always make the best decisions for their future or that they are even aware of what possibilities may be there is a bit simplistic. Whilst we very much respect (and like) Connor as a person in his own right, we all sometimes need some active guidance that has our specific passions, situation and best interests at heart.
Our role then, as we see it, is to help Connor to find the resources that he needs to educate himself.
We often actively look for things that we think that he may enjoy and that will perhaps benefit him later. We spend whatever money we need to in order to provide these experiences and tools for him and sometimes we try to guide him down particular paths. Other times we step back and let him pursue things that he is particularly drawn towards, even if we cannot necessarily see the value in them.
Sometimes we make decisions for him that he does not appreciate at the time, such as me deciding a few years ago that learning both Chinese language and culture would be important to maximizing his future opportunities. The period spent learning Chinese in the traditional school system here in Taiwan was a rough one for Connor – but now it is paying off.
We believe that if he is largely allowed to follow his passions he will ultimately find an area that he wants to build a life and career around and that will make him happy and fulfilled as a person.
We could not ask more from life for him, than that he be happy and fulfilled.