Rilke on Youth & Education

“You are so young, so before all beginning, and I want to beg you, as much as I can,…to be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.” – Letters to a Young Poet

Where is the inquiry in our American educational system. We are intent on cramming so much core content according to core standards into our young people. Could we create an educational approach that recognizes what Rilke recognizes, and build a container for young people to ask and live their important questions? Could we create a system that is inspired by the remarkable potential of youth, and helps them realize the amazing gifts and talents lying within them all. Sure we can – we can do much better!

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