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Trip to Family Part 4

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Ok. So now you know what happened to me, and probably think "there isn't any more she could possibly tell us about her trip". Well, not so.

As you read yesterday, we did attend the college graduation. GD graduated with highest honors in chemistry, physics and biology. GD gave a very nice speech, and we were all so very proud of her. UNTIL................

After the ceremonies were over, GD and I were having a very nice talk. When i asked her about what she would like to do now that she has her degree, she answered something like this:

I would like to travel to different parts of the planet and study the molecular processes of plants that humans typically eat, and find more that would deliver better health and perhaps wipe out many diseases.

i, being very impressed with the answer (not knowing a single thing about molecular processes, or what that even means), I then said "WOW. Perhaps you will be the next Albert Schweizer."

She looked at me with those big blue eyes and said "Who's Albert Schweizer"?

I at first thought she was kidding or that I hadn't heard right. So she asked me again if he is a friend of the family that she can't remember, and where does he live, and has she ever met him.

I was honestly appalled. College graduate, highest in the class, degrees in chemistry, physics and biology, and she doesn't know who Albert Schweizer was?

I told her to look him up. She then said "why don't you just tell me and save me the time".

I told her it is not my job to do her research for her, and that I was shocked that a college graduate has never heard of one of the most famous scientific minds the world has known. Especially in her chosen fields.

Then she remarked that he didn't sound very interesting, and probably so much more has been discovered that he and his work would be ancient history.

That's when I told her to "stop being concerned if you are interesting and START being concerned about being InteresTED."

What are our schools and colleges teaching our kids anyway??!! They no longer are taught cursive writing, they do all their math with an i-pad, and don't have any clue about history. I find this all to be tragic beyond description.

I was glad my time to go home was only 2 more nights.
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  • BERRY4
    Just in case: Albert Schweitzer, Theologian
    ... a French-German theologian, organist, philosopher, and physician. He was born in the German province of Alsace-Lorraine.
    Born: January 14, 1875, Kaysersberg, France
    Died: September 4, 1965, Lambaréné, Gabon
    Spouse: Helene Schweitzer (m. 1912–1957)
    Awards: Nobel Peace Prize, Goethe Prize, Peace Prize of the German Book Trade

    Quotes: "Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful."

    "Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing."
    (I think you can delete my comment if unnecessary or redundant.)
    660 days ago
  • BERRY4
    I totally agree with you on every level! -- And I am a substitute teacher watching the electronics take over AND being told by the District (essentially) that if teachers could be replaced by a robot, everyone would be better served. So very, very sad.
    I have an adult son with his B.S. in Computer Engineering. He won't read anything unless it is via an electronic source. He says talking on the phone is overrated, and avoids it if at all possible. -- He has expressed that he was "handicapped" by his parents who restricted his electronic access while growing up. Gasp! -- We made him play outside & read books to "earn" access to his computer games & general computer time.
    (...And I DID make all my children learn to write in cursive. They are some of the few in their generation that can even read it!) Go figure!
    660 days ago
    Can't say anything more than you have. **SIGH**
    660 days ago
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