One of the most harmful consequences of our outdated educational system is the idea of an “end.”
No matter how inflated education is nowadays (I’m dying to see what the education industry will come up with once MBA’s fall into the commodity category), it always establishes graduations. When you graduate it means “you are done.”
Note: I also think that a degree lasts as long as the marketing heads of an institution think they can charge you, not as long as it should, but that’s a whole other post.
Most people that go through a degree in its entirety, develop some sort of rejection for information and culture. They believe that that’s what their degree was for, and now they can “relax.”
Disconnecting relaxation from growth is a serious disadvantage. When learning is limited to a specific period of time, it becomes a burden instead of a pleasure or a need.
Coming home from a walk yesterday, I saw many people graduating and partying in the street. I can assure you, you could see the expression in their eyes: “I’m never picking up a book again.”
True education does not need to be imposed, does not expire and it certainly does not have any finish lines.
True education is a component of our everyday activity.
I know that most of the readers of this blog don’t have this problem, but most of the people outside of the online community of learners do think this way.
Those are the ones that need to embrace a holistic vision of intellectual growth.
Spread the word.