Lifelong Learning is NOT a 9 to 5 Job 14 June, 2009Posted by paralleldivergence in education, ICT in Education, Internet, Life, technology.
Tags: education, Life, lifelong learning, schools, teaching
Late last year I attended my son’s high school graduation where speech after speech espoused the knowledge and skills that the Class of 2008 have gained over their thirteen years of schooling. As the students prepared for the next phase of their lives, it was heartening to hear that they all had been instilled with the fundamentals of lifelong learning. I wish.
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So what is “Lifelong Learning” anyway? According to some, it’s:
“the idea that learning can and does occur beyond the formal structure of an educational institution and occurs throughout one’s lifetime.”
OK, that’s a pretty broad statement and is interpreted by some teachers as “life experience” or “work experience“. Experience is what counts according to many teachers. Even promotions within the teaching faculty are based more often than not on experience or “seniority”.
Unfortunately in the 21st Century, “experience” alone just doesn’t cut it anymore. Knowledge learned over many years or even decades of practise is great for perpetuating past practises, but does nothing for promoting change. And it does little to assist with the implementation of new technologies in an ever-changing world.
I prefer the definition of Lifelong Learning as:
“The concept of continuous personal development through personal (self-actualized) learning.”
Lifelong Learning is a personal thing. It’s individuals taking responsibility for their own learning and development beyond the formal education of their youth. Lifelong Learning is not the responsibility of employers. The world is changing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
In a world that more and more operates on efficiency through understaffing, our daily grind leaves little room for individuals to indulge in their own continuing education. Clearly, Lifelong Learning is NOT a 9 to 5 job.
[this article was written on Sunday at 5:07pm]