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My Views on Education
Created on October 29th, 2010

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Oct 29th 2010 at 23:37 PM
I have had the benefit of a long and expensive formal education. I have more letters after my name than you could shake a stick at but is this what education is all about? While my formal and professional education have been invaluable, in my humble opinion, learning and having and nurturing a life long love of learning is far more important. I got stuck on the treadmill that said that you had to have degrees to prove you were educated as though the diplomas themselves had some totemic power.

I am in no way denigrating formal education but the goal of education should not be degrees but the ability to think for ones self and become an independent learner. One who can motivate him/herself to keep learning. That is what I love about Faceplate - I am learning new things and mixing with people who are anxious to share their experiences through their articles and discussion posts. We are all learning together at the IMFaceplate University of Life

What do you think?

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Oct 30th 2010 at 6:53 AM
Spoken like a Doctor. I have been howling about this myself and have personal experience in relation to this matter. I used to work as a Senior Network controller in an IT department in our country's health department being in charge of training college graduates. When a managerial post was advertised in our unit, I was not considered as I did not have the required diploma. The post was given to one of my trainees. I left out of frustration and thank God I found Internet Marketing. What a revelation it's like I am born again. We need relevant education and it must be geared for the Information Age not the Industrial Age.

GT Bulmer
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Oct 30th 2010 at 11:02 AM

Hello, Grant: There is much that I have learned in the practical world that I was not taught in school. And, unfortunately, there was much that I was taught in school that has not yet found a practical application in the real world!

However, I am still an advocate for the benefits of formal education and would never discourage an individual from pursuing that education, as long as the pursuit is purposeful.

One of the great benefits of formal education is, as you have said, developing the ability to think for one's self and the ability to research, analyze and apply data: basically, learning to be a focused, disciplined learner who understands how to use the information purposefully.

In my opinion, this happens best when the teacher is tuned in to the needs and learning style of the student, and when the student approaches the learning environment from the proper perspective.

Many high school students (and some college students) have not yet matured enough to understand this perspective. I think that is why there is such an incredible interest among adult learners to get more education (or catch up with what they missed earlier). They now know the value of "education" and how it relates to their personal goals!

I believe in life-long learning and like you, Grant, one thing I enjoy most about IM faceplate is the exposure to the knowledge, experience and insight of other members. We can learn so much from each other! GT :-)

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Oct 31st 2010 at 3:40 AM
Thx for your responses guys. I can't knock the formal degree as I did a BA (Humanities) for fun and finished in 2007.

I love the TED podcasts and I download a lot of iTunes University podcasts to my iPod. You can see my fave educational TED broadcast on my Spotlights here.

I am also learning French and German via podcast (Coffee Break French, and DailyGerman podcasts via Podcast Alley or iTunes).

And my all time fave educational quote is by McDiarmid (a Nobel prize winner when he was in his 90's), "The day you stop learning is the day you start dying!!".

jackaroomba - the Internet business arena doesn't depend on formal education but on knowledge, good luck and may your life skills and learning help you to succeed.

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Nov 28th 2010 at 18:35 PM
Hey Guys,

I'm just seeing this groups. Where was I? I love learning and the conversations that I read so far have been very enlightening.
Keep up the fantastic work.

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