According to the National Day of Calendar this day was first inaugurated on April 18, 1978, by President Jimmy Carter and has since been proclaimed annually, by the presiding President. National Education and Sharing Day is a day that was delineated by the United States Congress in honor of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902 – 1994). It honors his efforts for education and sharing for Jews and non-Jews alike. During his lifetime, the Rabbi opened many centers of education that were called “Chabad Houses.”
“We also know that learning does not stop when students leave the classroom. Whether at the dinner table or on the field, it is our task as parents, teachers, and mentors to make sure our children grow up practicing the values we preach. We have an obligation to instill in them the virtues that define our character — honesty and independence, drive and discipline, courage and compassion.”
In my lifetime I have witnessed more than one family that did their best to instill the above characteristics in their child and once that young person became an adult they changed direction much to the dismay of their parents. I don’t understand why the change took place any better than the parents do. The saying, you can lead a horse to water, but you make him drink, comes to mind. Sometimes it makes me sad to watch.
I also can attest to the fact, learning never stops. Some happens by natural osmosis and some is done on purpose. I started this blog as a way to practice writing. I have since become involved in an international writing group with the fine folks at Carrot Ranch Literary. I learn from the members on a weekly basis and am having the time of my life. I like to learn, even more so when it is in a positive, safe environment with no grades being given. The flash fiction posts you have been seeing are a result of my involvement at Carrot Ranch. If you haven’t gone to their website I suggest you do. Take a look around and you will quickly see why it’s a great place to spend time with people who like to write and share their knowledge.