Thursday, April 12, 2007
A talk about education and learning...
From the second we came out in this world, our learning process starts. From that time on, we continue to learn. I think that every second of our existence is devoted to learning, consciously or subconsciously. I figure, what we have learned from the past made us what we are today. I look at learning as two ways... the formal and informal or the scholastic and practical.
The formal way in the process of learning starts when we are about 4 years old, when we were introduced to the social gathering of children in a place called "school". That process of learning continues on until we decide to stop for some any 'ole reason.
I understand that education, college degree in this matter, can help you achieve a more secured future? But then there are many successful people in the world that don't have college education. So how important is it really? I remember my son talking to me shortly after graduating high school. He said, Mom why don't you just give me $10,000.00 as an investment and I will just be a professional poker player... To which I sternly answered... Son, why don't you finish college and we will talk then about giving you the ten thousand and be whatever you want. That was the first and last time I heard about that.
I have come across some scholastically educated people who are unable to use any common sense. And I know and I have met some intelligent people with minimal scholastic achievement. My mother is one. She can talk to anyone about world current events and about many books that she had read. The other one was my dear friend Elise, who came to America as one of those post-war French brides. With minimal education but great hard work and determination, she became a successful rancher. She was able to live very comfortably towards the end of her life. My baby brother is very successful in his chosen field with minimal college education.
I personally like going to school. That probably sounds strange to some people but it is the truth about me. I actually enjoy being in school. I don't mind being in that atmosphere. I came to the US with a college degree which I finish in 3 1/2 years. When I couldn't find any success in that college degree, I went back to school continuously until I finished another degree. But did I need all of that schooling? Probably not, but I didn't mind it. So is it fair to say that scholastic education is just a matter of preference? Or is it a matter of survival? Or a matter of success?
Does it even really matter?