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As shown in The Story of My Life by Helen Keller, Keller firmly believed in the power of education, both formal and informal. Elaborate.

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durbanville | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted August 20, 2013 at 8:59 AM (Answer #1)

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By writing The Story of My Life, Helen Keller shows the importance of learning from all of life's opportunities and challenges. Having been left blind and deaf from an illness as a baby and with her parents "grieved and perplexed" (ch 3) Helen could have easily been compromised in her education due to minimal prospects for learning, available to children like her.

Fortunately, Helen is a very independent, spirited child and is stubborn in her resourcefulness. Although she is aware that she is "different," she is keen to explore just like any other child. On one occasion, she is particularly upset when "I moved my lips and gesticulated frantically without result" (ch 2) after noticing how others communicate by speaking. 

Upon recalling "the most important day I remember in all my life," (ch 4) the day Annie Sullivan arrives, Helen recognizes it as the beginning of her "soul's sudden awakening" (ch 5). Helen has the capacity to learn "from life itself" (ch 7) which enables her to move forward after difficult experiences and not dwell on her disabilities. Helen is most appreciative of Miss Sullivan's teaching style as "What many children think of with dread...is to-day one of my most precious memories." (ch 7) It never seems like a chore to Helen to learn because "all my early lessons have in them the breath of the woods" (ch 7).  

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