The Foundation of Education

Choose a piece of art, literature, or music that has inspired your educational path, and explain why.

When people say that they are inspired by a piece of artwork, they are often referring to the finished piece rather than the process that created what they are viewing. This is definitely not the case when I say that I am inspired by a picture of “The Winona.” Before and during the Great Depression, Sears sold kit houses, which meant people ordered their house from the widely celebrated Sears catalogue. The kits arrived via train with an instructional manual and crates filled with the necessary materials to build the house. For an affordable price, everyone had the chance to live in a well-built home they could call their own. “The Winona” is one of the many floor plans Sears offered. This may seem like a strange piece of architecture to inspire my educational path, but in reality, it completely represents everything I believe. The American public school system provides every student with the materials and tools needed to become a highly educated and successful adult. Whether or not the student takes advantage of those materials is entirely up to them. Many believe that private schools offer a more personal and tailored environment, thus rendering a better education, but what I question is how driven students may be to succeed....

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