As a student I found myself reflecting upon what was the best way to train students correctly so they could be well prepared for the rest of their lives. I started thinking about what kind of content would work best, or maybe in what way would kids learn best; but after a long and deep reflective period, I came to the conclusion that the best way to prepare students for the future and the rest of their lives is to teach them how to be autonomous and think for themselves. I think that a lot of times the value of autonomy is underestimated, when actually autonomy is the most precious skill that you can teach a learner.
Like the bible says, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime” It’s the same with students. You can teach a student any kind of content you like, but if he/she is used to only follow instructions and doesn’t know autonomy, then he/she will never have the power to drive his/her own life. Autonomy by dictionary means independence or freedom, as of the will or one's actions; it is having the power to drive your own life and be able to push yourself hard using nothing more than your own desire to learn. Something amazing about autonomy is that it’s the fact that you are completely free, and don’t have to depend on anyone else for motivation or to be pushing you to accomplish something.
I look back a year ago, and notice how a year ago I would have never even thought about jogging at 5am; this is proof of how I’ve learned and continue to learn to push myself harder everyday and find motivation in my ambition.