Sunday, November 20, 2011

Getting to Know You: Education

Recently, while rereading Washington Irving's famous short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” I paused at the author's description of the one-room schoolhouse where the ill-fated Ichabod Crane once taught. As I imagined such a setting, I began to reflect on the concept of education – how it's changed over the years, how it's different from place to place, and how it doesn't always involve traditional schooling.

So, authors and characters, I was just wondering...

What was your education like? Did you attend official schools and universities? Did your family or clan teach you everything you know? Are you a self-taught individual? Or did your education come in some other way?

Inquiring minds want to know!

32 comments:

Aidan said...

I went to Cambridge for awhile. Art history. Then all hell broke loose (literally) and I had to quit.

Laura Martone said...

Wow. That's really interesting, Aidan. I've always dreamed of attending a British university.

Aidan said...

It was hard.

Kaelin said...

It's hard if you don't study.

Olivia Harper said...

Too true. It's a rare person who can excel without at least some studying.

Candy said...

Thanksgiving wishes to all from Candy who in her last year of grammar school in England ran off with a rock musician and learned a lot more than she should have.

Aidan said...

Hi Candy!!

Devi Marconi said...

Thanks, Candy. Hope you had a pleasant Thanksgiving, too.

And, my, what an interesting life you've led.

Olivia Harper said...

Says the woman who lives in an underground cave system.

Devi Marconi said...

Look, missy, just because I've lived an unusual existence doesn't mean I can't acknowledge when someone else has, too.

Olivia Harper said...

Quite true, Mom. Quite true.

So, I hope you, Jesse, and the rest of the Hollowites had a nice holiday. Michael, the kids, and I had an uneventful - if delicious - time. I'm truly thankful for them - and for our scrumptious leftovers!

Aidan said...

(groan) Uneventful. That would be nice.

Saxen said...

We didn't have Thanksgiving this year. We were busy with other...things.

I'm not sure how Raynor would feel about eating turkey anyway, being that his other form is a great falcon.

He does love fresh enemy, though.

Nutmeg Cross said...

Thanks for that image, Saxen.

Saxen said...

If you knew the enemy, you might feel differently.

And Raynor is very discrete.

Raynor said...

Saxen says she can't cook but she prepared a lovely dinner for me last night. I was thankful. My education was conducted at home, with my father and various other tutors. I thought that was difficult until my great-uncle took over. His methods were most severe.

Ginger said...

I never studied much, either, Aidan. I still got A's. Until I got to a certain point and it all suddenly caught up with me.

But. Art history? C'mon. All you need to know is the difference between Raphael and Rembrandt.

Did I ever show you the portrait I did of Kaelin?

No, I don't think I did. He didn't like it. He said it looked too much like you.

Faldur said...

I learned much of what I know about rangering from Marenya's father.

Before he was killed.

Hello, Candy. It is a joy to see you again. How are you?

Marenya said...

Ginger! Are you and Kaelin all right? I've been so anxious.

Ginger said...

Yes, we're fine. This is rather funny, isn't it? You guys in Belhanor and us here, talking in the common room.

A bit like old times. Only you have Aidan there and we have Raynor.

I prefer things this way, I think.

Just kidding, Aidan.

Aidan said...

Haha, Ginger.

And yeah. Art history was easy

Kaelin said...

Actually, Aidan's being modest for once. He was in a tough restoration lab program. And he did well in school.

Cassidy said...

I was educated at home and attended a small private university in the southern US. I studied political science and two languages.

Ginger said...

That's impressive, Aidan. Cassidy, I had no idea you studied in the U. S.

Kaelin studied law.

Marenya said...

I don't know how you can bear being in cave syetem, Jesse and Devi. Caves make my skin crawl and my stomach shrink.

Hello, Candy! How are you?

Nutmeg, don't mind Saxen. She likes being shocking.

Saxen said...

I do?

Raynor said...

Yes, you do. Under your demure manner you quite enjoy being unconventional. Which is no doubt why you married me.

Ginger said...

What did you do for Thanksgiving, Nutmeg? Are you and Indy still on the road?

Nutmeg Cross said...

Oh, I don't mind Saxen, Marenya. The image was just a little gruesome for me, but I can handle it. After all, I've seen my share of nasty things on the road.

As for Thanksgiving, Ginger, Indy and I had a pleasant one. Indy caught a wild turkey, and we bought a few veggies from a nearby farmer, so we were actually well fed - and quite thankful. We're still on the road - probably will be for a while - but recently acquiring a tent has made it a whole lot easier.

Anyway, how was your Thanksgiving?

Saxen said...

One of the many reasons, darling.

Nutmeg, I hope you and Indy are well. Traveling like you do sounds delightful, actually. The last time we traveled Nighfala got on TV!

Ginger said...

Well. Um. It was.

I got a new Kindle from my parents. And we all had pumpkin pie. That part was good.

Oh, my god, I'm starting to sound like Aidan. Help!

Aidan said...

The pie rocked.