Now, I am not going to get into a discussion about the value of school, I am sure each and everyone of us may have a different experience or opinion of how we view the value of the school system. However, I am sure that each and everyone of us has learned something of value and importance in school. Like me for example, school taught me the basic understand of Math, English, Economics, Science, History, and etc. However, I will say that most of my knowledge did not come from high school, college, or school in general. Most of my knowledge came from my own independent research, experience, and observation of new knowledge and information.
In fact 10 years ago was my last year of college and if you were to have asked me questions such as, what is Austrian economics, what is Quantitative Easing, Romance of the Three Kingdoms, 33 Strategies of War, Psychology of Love, understanding the stock market, or even whether Pluto is considered a planet, I would of either been unable to answer or state the wrong answer.
In the past ten years only, I've gained a lot of knowledge and understanding on various subjects. It astonishes me just how much information I have learned and I know that there's much more information to learn. I haven't even scratched the surface of the information that's available. Many of my co-workers consider me to be a very smart man and I do agree I am fairly smart. However, what my co-workers don't realize is that most of the information I learned came from the drive of wanting to learn more information even after my school career.
It's unsatisfying that when the topic of education is brought up my co-workers automatically think back to the years of going to school. They don't seem to realize that knowledge goes far beyond the lessons in school. They feel once they're out of school and reach a certain age, they're not capable of grasping new ideas and information. They believe they can't teach an old dog new tricks.
Unfortunately, what they don't realize is they've been conditioned to learn only while in school. But learning is an ongoing process that extends well beyond school and it continues until our eventual demise. However, if you stop learning well before the clock stops ticking, I believe that your clock stopped the day you stopped learning. Without the pursuit of knowledge, how can one pursue life?