Oprah Winfrey recently announced that she will be heading to South Africa to become a teacher. The media mogul will teach a class called “Life 101″ for 12th graders at the the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa beginning this fall. In a note left on her Facebook, Oprah said that the course will be “all the stuff I wish someone had told me about how the world works.”
See the rest of Oprah’s note below, where she talks about her love for teaching and the importance of education.
Hello friends of summer.
I’m so happy to be back in the USA. Spent a week with my girls in S.A. They were all stressed for tests, but doing fine. No major crisis this trip.I love being with them and talking to them about all things important. When I’m there I’m talking from the time I get up til I go to bed, about EVERYTHING teenage girls are going through. It’s the same all over the world.
I’m going back this fall to teach a class; calling it Life 101… All the stuff I wish someone had told me about how the world works. Should be fun since I love to teach. And they’re like sponges. Like 12th graders everywhere this first class is both anxious and excited about going to college. Most will be the first in their family. So it’s a very big deal for them, and they’re feeling the pressure.
Nothing like going out of country to have an even deeper appreciatioon for our own USA. The Freedom to have options, something we often take for granted, is the most striking to me. When Chris Rock was last on the show he said “real wealth is having options.” I thought that was pretty profound. I now stress to my girls that education prepares you to have options. Without it you have none.
Just took a walk around the neighborhood watching sprinklers on the back lawn. (I love sprinklers) Made me think about the red dirt road traveled from Mississippi (no sprinklers) to the here and now. And how that journey could have only been possible in the USA.
I know the 4th of July has turned into picnics and fireworks, and barbecue moments. But its worthy of a pause, to think about what it really means to have Freedom. And while we’re pausing think about those who sacrifice to make it so. Wishing you all a Peaceful and Happy 4th of July.