For as far back as I can remember, I have always had a book or two in my possession. Reading and writing, for me, are the most fundamental skills that an individual can possess. I have always wanted to serve my country too. After I completed high school I joined the Marine Corps and it was there that I discovered that I enjoyed teaching. I felt the most satisfaction when I helped my fellow Marines develop the skills that they would need to not only succeed in the Corps but in life as well.
When I got out, I immediately went to school and earned a Bachelor's in Educational Studies. This course embodied the other side of teaching, how students learn and how to help them learn better. Now I can continue to serve my country, just in a different way. I can now help the next generation develop the skills that they require to interact with the world.
While the written word is my first love, there are others that I hold dear as well. History is another because how can we see where we are going if we do not understand where we have come from. Much of what we are today is due to those who have gone before us and fought for the future that we now have. Natural sciences are also fascinating. Why should we not know how the world works and what impacts we have on it. Understanding how and why the seasons change does not diminish their beauty.
In short, reading and writing are important but that does not mean that the other areas should be ignored. A good education is one that is a mix of everything and does not stop just because one is done with school.
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