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     My favorite event of the year is coming up.  August 17–21, 2009.  Campus Education Week.  Basically, it is a time where experts in hundreds of different fields come to BYU to volunteer their time to offer thousands of different week-long classes in a myriad of topics for less than the cost of the cheapest class at your local center of higher education (in fact, they make it still cheaper if you register before August 14!).  In my opinion, it is the best deal in knowledge and training on Earth (a number of the presenters charge businesses hundreds of thousands of dollars or more to conduct seminars and trainings!).  I’ve attended for years now and each year at least one thing in some class has changed my life.
     I believe strongly in life-long learning and being exposed to as many worthwhile ideas as possible.  I would like to be able to admonish everyone with all the energy of my soul to try to attend Education Week at just about any cost, but alas, I am unable to do that in this setting (but please, ask me in person, I’d love to share my full feelings on the subject).  But allow me to to ask you to honestly evaluate yourself in something: Are you sincerely and constantly engaged in seeking out and applying new and worthwhile principles?  Each year, do you pursue opportunities that challenge and stretch you?  Compare yourself to this prophetic standard:  “…Too often we use many hours for fun and pleasure, clothed in the euphemism ‘I’m recharging my batteries.’ Those hours could be spent reading and studying to gain knowledge, skills, and culture. . . . Those who have planted the good word of God and have served faithfully invariably have awakened in them a great desire for self-improvement. And with that comes a desire to learn more and to gain greater skills” (Henry B. Eyring, “Education for Real Life,” Ensign, Oct 2002, 14).
    Am I saying that you have to attend Education Week to fulfill this?  No.  Education Week is not the end-all, do-all.  Obviously, if one has work or other obligations that truly make it impossible (for this year at least–you can always plan ahead for next year, inform or do favors for your coworkers/boss, etc.), then do what you can: join a book club or discussion group, read the encyclopedia, enroll in self-improvement class, learn a new skill–it can be a wide variety of things.  But please, be anxiously engaged in acquiring and applying knowledge.  It is my belief that if we are not actively moving forward, we are–even if we are unaware of it and our conscience is convinced that “we’re doing ‘better than average'”–we are, in reality, likely sliding backwards (See 2 Ne. 28: 30).  As one inspired leader has taught: “The path to eternal life is not on a plateau. Rather, it is an incline, ever onward and upward. Hence, ever-increasing spiritual understanding and energy are required to reach our destination.”
(Keith K. Hilbig, “Quench Not the Spirit Which Quickens the Inner Man,” Ensign, Nov 2007, 37–39)

      Again, I state boldly that Education Week is worth almost any sacrifice, even if you can only attend for a small portion of it–the teachers come from all walks of life with insightful perspectives: they have processed valuable information and are eager to give away what they have sacrificed to learn to you–just think of the power of being exposed to one well-distilled idea that you’d never thought of before.  From such inspiration, I’m convinced, is often the difference between a stagnant, frustrated life, and a fully fulfilling and vibrant one.   As the historian Carter G. Woodso has so eloquently stated: “Education means to inspire people to live more abundantly, to learn to begin with life as they find it and make it better.”  Constantly invest in yours.

The main Education Week page
Cost and registration
Full Class schedule
In the attachment below are the classes I am interested in attending.  Please contact me if you’d like to go together (I have several classes listed for each time, but they are organized roughly in order of interest; more stars=more likelihood of attending)

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3 Responses

  1. Hey Kendel! How are you doing?! I hope you are having a great summer. I would be interested in attending education week. I’ll have to let you know when it gets closer as to what classes I would like to attend. But, count me in!

  2. Kendal (sp?)Your blog is delightful! I’m so glad you pulled it up on my computer (In firefox no less). I think you are delightful and want to learn more about you. Thanks for coming and helping tonight.And I feel exactly the same about education week. One of the best opportunities of anyone’s life to go and feast at the feet of spiritual and scholarly giants. I love it. Like EFY for adults. Too bad I’ll be in Holland. :(Thanks again so much for coming tonight!Nicole

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