WQWWC # 38 – Learning, education,or school

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Brendan Behan

Education, Learning, Schools

Today’s topic covers you from birth to death. There is never a time during that timeline in which you are not learning. Education can be formal or informal.

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“Try to learn something about everything and everything about something”

Thomas Huxley

From my very childhood, I followed this line. I prided myself on knowing a little about most things. Since my major field of interest is/was medicine, I learned whatever I could about it. It gives me a sense of satisfaction that I can contribute to a discussion on many topics. One thing that I am loath to talk about is politics and politicians!

What a beautiful way to describe the learning process. The children learn about everything in schools, but the real understanding of the concepts comes with experience. Especially if we talk about understanding life itself. It’s only by living that we understand the true meaning of life, as we mature.

“We learned about honesty and integrity – that the truth matters… that you don’t take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules… and success doesn’t count unless you earn it fair and square”

Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama is a person that I greatly admire. And when she talks about honesty and integrity, you know that she is talking straight from her heart. One of the most important lessons that we can and should learn is about being honest. About putting in the hard work before expecting success. These are golden words, and everyone should reflect on them.

“In times of change learners inherit the earth; while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists”

Eric Hoffer

This emphasizes the importance of learning all through our lives. We cannot just consider ourselves learned, and rest on our laurels because the world around us is ever-changing. We need to learn new things, and technology all through our lives. Otherwise, the chances are that we will feel unable to cope and would become dependent upon others to guide us through difficult phases of life.

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Living but not acquiring knowledge

Makes us oblivious to the world around us

It’s like stumbling in the dark, banging our heads in the wall

When we can just remove the blindfold of ignorance

And embrace knowledge like a well-loved friend

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33 thoughts on “WQWWC # 38 – Learning, education,or school

  1. Sadje, your name should be Wisdom. This is such a thoughtful piece about learning. One of the outcomes of formal education is to prepare our students for a world that doesn’t exist as Eric Hoffer said. The only thing he got wrong is that times are always changing. It’s like the line in your poem, “It’s like stumbling in the dark, banging our heads in the wall.” We all head full speed into the future, some without a clue as to where we’ve come from, so without much knowledge about what might happen if we do this or that. Then we are shocked by the results. Nonetheless, this is what we do. Better to heed the voices of those who have a something to teach us and have a little bit of an edge anyway. 🙂 Thanks again, for making me think. 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much Marsh for your kind words and for giving a thought provoking prompt. Little we realize that formal education is the start and needs to be reinforced with practical knowledge. It’s like a fully qualified doctor, who has no clinical experience because he never stepped into a hospital as a practicing doctor.

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  2. You’re right, if we are receptive to it, we are learning all of the time. One of my old mentors said that how receptive we are depends on a lot of things but two main ones are capacity and disposition.

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  3. Great post Sadje, learning and knowledge is the key. Unfortunately misinformation is rife nowadays and sometimes people are not experienced enough to recognise it, or chose not too

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  4. Loved the quotes and loved your poem. Learning can make us better equipped to face all kinds of situations.

    It’s like stumbling in the dark, banging our heads in the wall

    When we can just remove the blindfold of ignorance

    And embrace knowledge like a well-loved friend
    I loved these lines especially!

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