Education is not the same as learning

in education •  last year

“It is one thing to remember, another to know. To remember is to safeguard something entrusted to the memory. But to know is to make each thing one’s own, not depend on the text and always to look back to the teacher.

Zeno said this, Cleanthes said this— Let there be space between you and the book.”
— Seneca

People think you need to go to University to learn, but they’re wrong. Learning and education aren’t the same.

With a natural desire to learn, a formal education is a waste of time. It’s lacking. And for the self-starter, education is boring and rigid.

You can pay $25000 for a piece of paper that says you’re educated, but it doesn’t mean that you’ve learned a thing. Real learning comes in a different form— it’s a bookshelf with unorganized stacks. It’s blood and sweat. Daily practice. It’s doing the thing over and over again.

Learning is a lifestyle. Education gets you in the chair, but it’s up to you to decide whether or not you learn. Pick up a book and start reading. Practice it. Implement it.

University taught me to be rigid instead of flexible. I didn’t learn anything in college that I couldn’t have taught myself, except how to pay off debt.

I learned that I learn much more when I focus on the things I want to know instead of the things I am told are important.
This was the most valuable lesson I learned in University.

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This is so true and especially now that information to educate yourself is online. Maybe then one can focus on learning. Resteemed this so fast.

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Thank you :)

Agreed, I got a fair amount of education online while I was in University.
I downloaded more than 400 research papers on topics that interested me and had nothing to do with my study.
They were mainly about healthy diet and exercise.

Well put:"University taught me to be rigid instead of flexible". Yes, today most universities teach WHAT to Think not HOW to THINK.
Memorizing (to pass tests for example) does not equate to Knowledge.

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Yup, and then they lie to you all day about how you can do anything you want.
If it matches the exact outline they give you.

It's crazy how uneducated many of my teacher were. No idea about anything that was not their exact field in many cases.

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