Is knowledge through structured courses VALID in today’s society?

August 2, 2013

“Highschool, verses 2 yr. tech school, verses 4-yrs and beyond; all have their rewards and disappointments. I personally think everyone would gain advantage of their self-worth with some type of advanced study. It doesn’t have to be degree seeking. Knowledge through structured educational courses can be a powerful stimulus to constantly improve.There are some great ways to educationally advance and to open mental doors.”

That was a comment I made earlier in the week on a great blog written by a writer arguing the good, bad, and uglies of graduate school. I have taken the liberty to  paste the blog address for anyone’s interest. There are some great essays concerning education imbedded in the blog site. Maybe there will be something of value for you also.

.http://knoweducation.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/finding-a-job-with-a-high-school-vs-college-graduation/

As I’ve said earlier in another blog, I have taken to the habit of drinking my morning “joe” and reading blogs concerned with education and university. I must say, with a new semester preparing to start; there are a whole gambit of great blogs out there to read, hopefully to draw your comment on, and gain some vast wisdom that was already hiding inside you. It just takes the right person to say the “rite” thing …. and there you go – “off and running.”

Now, back to my blog theme. I believe there was a time in the world where the need for a vast and varied knowledge base wasn’t so important to achieve great things and make an enormous impact in the communities in which a person lived. Then came the World-Wars and peace time existence got very complicated. Small communities became larger cities with immigrants from other parts of the world, speaking different languages and worshiping in a different place and manner. The community became universal. Look at the instructors in our schools, colleges, and universities today …. multi-cultural … I’m sure!  IS IT BETTER?…. YES, I BELIEVE MY WORLD IS BETTER. But, that brings to the table a NEW calamity – competition of resources.

An UNEDUCATED person in the country of their residence is at a giant disadvantage. That person’s resources are terribly restricted; which in turn, affects everything they do and “reach” for. One way to remedy this: with the wonders of the internet, anyone can exceed in what ever they wish. An example: I can study college Algebra (ugh!) online by downloading a sample study course and probably do OK. Or, I can download that same course and go to “U-TUBE,” and study under an online instructor complete with everything a structured classroom has available and exceed greatly.

I must add: the Algebra course I used is questionable for me. I audited a n Algebra course in summer session and I used “U-TUBE” for assistance. I have to admit, it helped me a lot. (I’m an English major.)

Most individuals are used to some type of research whether it be cook books or model building. I, as an English major, research a lot of “time periods” which concern my course of interest. At times, and this happens to me a great deal, the reasearch source triggers off to a subject that only slightly holds value to my research subject, but great interest on a different level that may benefit me in other ways. This same issue of research can affect a person interested in-car mechanics, and inadvertently gets side tracked into computers and they decide to take an online course, or enter a tech school to enhance their understanding. This diversion could prove to be turning point in their lives and take them on an unforseen life path.

How many students do you know that change their major’s????

Some leave the university altogether. In 1973, I did.  I ended up my career in the “oil fields.”

But, I only succeeded because of structured industry shops and tech manuals. Even now, I’ve never earned a “proper” B.A.; but, I’m working on it.  And if fate will have it; in 2014 I will become a university educated person. (It’s only taken 41 years … but, whose counting!)

To end: Structured education will not guarantee one’s success; but, it sure helps. 

Until next Friday, have agreat week!

Best!

G.

 

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