How much has Helga Ilves - acknowledged as a teacher of years in Võru – learnt during half a century while working as a teacher?
Who and what remains in these 50 years? Probably the teacher cannot answer this question herself either. Where does learning begin? Probably from crying while being born into this world, from mother’s heartbeats and hugs, breast milk and dry diapers.
Today we have reached such a situation that mothers have to be taught about the usefulness of breast milk. Mothers have become equal with drunken drivers because a steering wheel and a big tummy are side by side on the bottle of alcohol!?
Maybe the human being does not grow up after all? That is why adult courses are organised, but is it possible to achieve scholarliness together with education? While waves of immigrants are about to arrive, many university-educated people believe that there will be no bullying of children due to their skin colour. School violence is already an issue at school. Where is the solution?
One solution may be adult education, but it is far from being a magic key. The magic key comprises the common sense of peasants and the ability to weigh your options. No such training can be provided, because no grandmothers and fathers live in the country any more. Today we have to teach mothers and fathers after lessons.
The situation has become so absurd that every evening the proper use of hygienic napkins and how they guarantee the mechanic’s skill under the bonnet are repeatedly taught on TV!?
Soon we have to teach how to catch up with robots? The adult learner‘s week, which just ended, included a digital training day targeted to security. Very many mothers-fathers face the problem how to balance the child’s activity in the computer. No competent recommendation is available. How much money from the budget is assigned for adult education?
What can adult education ensure?
It is said that every person has a dream forest path where to walk but most people are not able to find it and such path does not exist for them. Sad. Henrik Relve, whose jubilee was recently celebrated, has said that one must look for the forest path inside oneself. The path begins within ourselves.
Originally published: Võrumaa teataja
Foto: Helga Ilves Võru naiskoor Kannel