Joan, Mother of 2, Retired National Account Manager, FL
Joan is a recently retired (but not for long!) National Account Manager for a pharmaceutical company in Tampa, Florida. She has long believed in the power of education and has taught her children to pursue their passion in life. She was interviewed by her daughter, Nicole.
Imagine your child (or one you care about deeply) is now in their 30s – out of school and starting into adult life. What do you hope for them about their life? What would make it a ‘good’ life?
I have always wanted my children to find something that they are passionate about and dedicate their lives to it. I like to say, “If you love what you do, you won’t go to work a single day.” I hope that they are fulfilled in their work and that they are surrounded by people who love and care for them.
What role do you think schooling should play in achieving that ideal good life?
I think that school helps you navigate life and tap into your purpose. School should allow students to explore different areas of interest without fear of failure or judgment. Schools also provide time to build relationships and connections with others, which is key to a fulfilling and successful life in my opinion.
What is the problem in schooling?
Schools, especially higher education, used to be about exploration and true learning. It seems like lately college is more about finding a major that will lead to a job and less about exploring the process of learning and being.