Education or Learning?

So, my fellow bloggers, what are your thoughts on learning, schooling, and the like?

Does it need to be done at a school? Do you need a degree to prove it? Can everything be self-taught? Would a master/apprentice relationship work better? I struggle with answers to these questions. On one hand I think education can be accomplished on your own or by a competent mentor, but I also see the value in a university or group of professors. I also see value in the things you learn outside the classroom.

Let me know y’alls thoughts in the comments!

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  1. I think it depends on the subject and the purpose of the education and/or degree. A lot of subjects can’t be taught in a classroom. There are many great Bible teachers that do not have degrees but the Holy Spirit guides them. However, if you are wanting to be a medical doctor, then yes, you need a degree. If you are wanting toto take of photography, blogging, or a hobby then most of these subjects can be self taught. Just this blogger’s opinion.

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  2. I’m a Conservative and I wish more young people would get tech degrees (other than computers). However, the most valuable skills in any career are communication skills, diversity/inclusiveness training and other social skills. Most of us aren’t lucky enough to have parents that are good at them.
    Schools are apparently teaching social skills today. I wish they had been doing when I was going to school. So my vote is to go to school and get indoctrinated in “political correctness,” and learn everything else self-study. 🙂

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  3. Learning needs to happen EVERYWHERE! I am a teacher, but I think that learning is not just about certificates and the like. Those are endorsements that the experienced practitioners give. But they are not everything- a degree is a very pragmatic thing really, it helps me get a job (perhaps). It can be very important. But it is no guarantee of learning or experience. The best lessons often come in unlikely situations, chance encounters, or little epiphanies, stories from our elders. Content and form is the domain of the school, but that knowledge is only a part of it. My concern as a teacher is that we are not teaching the skills related to well being, interaction, love, ethics in a terribly structured way. We don’t teach the sort of lessons that parents should be teaching – fiscal responsibility, emotional awareness. And we say “Parents and communities are responsible for this.” But it so happens that too often parents are not capable of teaching these lessons. How can we expect a parent hopelessly mired in debt, with no prospects beyond minimum wage to impart the correct attitude to their child? THat’s where I am worried about our attitude to schools.

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  4. Education seems to be all what you make of it. If a hammer is a degree, you still need some nails, a wall, the skill to hit the nail. But then unlike a wall, you don’t have to worry about unemployment rates, luckier people, or job scams etc.

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  5. Sounds so cool… and an interesting discussion topic!

    Hear it from a non-conforming nerd at school to someone who is more into “experiential learning” now! Though one of those good kids, i did try to do a lot of self-learning in a less developed part of my country. Travelling, pushing myself out of comfort zone and interacting with people different from myself, and facing difficult situations has taught me a lot. From learning HTML and building a website at age 14 to doing MOOCs on accounting, marketing and equities after college, i feel learning is more about inculcating an attitude rather than memorizing and practicing material…

    Being a bit more subjective, Education i feel is something which comes from outside, like a dose of medicine. Learning on the other hand comes through a desire from within – it’s a lot like staying fit and healthy before we resort to medicine. For instance, i used to read topics out of curiosity before going to “class”. That was learning. What the teacher taught was education.

    It’s been a constant tussle between allocating time to what the school/college/employer thought was necessary, and keeping time for what i wanted to (and thought necessary) to learn!

    – Susmita from Local Feedback (Thanks for liking our recent post!)

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  6. Education in any format is always of value to the learner. From an economic perspective in society today the values of net worth of formal education must be considered as well. Alas, one cannot just learn to become a better person one must also learn to produce a sustainable monetary existence. Great question!

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