Furthering one’s education seems to be all the rage today. Billions of dollars are spent each year on higher education. My employer actually requires that I collect a certain amount of “learning points” each year. These points are awarded for classes that we take, either online or live. Some employers demand that their employers get additional certifications or degrees to be eligible for promotions or to even keep their jobs. More and more jobs these days require that people have at least a bachelor’s degree. That piece of paper is so important.
But I don’t understand all the emphasis on formal learning. During my lifetime, I have learned more outside a classroom setting than inside one. Most of it has come from on-the-job training and life experience. My writing skills, for example, have come from, well, just doing it. Some things can’t be learned from a book or class. They just have to come from practice – doing something over and over and over again. Those who sit in their ivory towers and demand so much formal learning fail to understand that basic truth.