Letters to Tom — Education

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Dear Tom,

One of the real treats of my Thanksgiving was getting to spend time with Kelley. As you experienced when you visited with her in New Orleans she really believes that what she and her school are doing in education is the correct approach. She is much more articulate than I about the state of education in our country, but I was moved by her view that the job of the teacher is to draw out the genius that already resides in each student. At the deeper level, education means to “lead it out,” and real education happens when the student comes out. It’s not just about achieving good grades.

Kelley told me that the environment in New Orleans for all students is extremely difficult, but real teaching occurs when young people are exposed to trouble and problems, because it’s a chance to guide them toward their purpose in life. Everyone needs some help learning who they really are. That’s the root of genuine education and the task of real culture.

More on this tomorrow. Good bye for now friend.

About the author

Webb Hubbell, former Associate Attorney General of The United States, is an author and speaker. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller.

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