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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Learning is a Lifetime Journey. It's Never Too Late! by Marty Preston

A guest post by Marty Preston from Marty's Thoughts on Life and Money 

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The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think - rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with thoughts of other men.  ~Bill Beattie

German philosopher and educator Erich Fromm[1] once asked "Why should society feel responsible only for the education of children, and not for the education of all adults of every age?" I thought this was an excellent question.As children we are often to keep out trouble and stay in school.Which I still believe is great advice.But what happens when we all get older and we have finished high school and in some cases college the need for education is no longer emphasized.As a future educator I think that this is a mistake.Research has that there are overwhelming benefits to continuing your education in and out of the classroom setting  including increased self esteem, increased memory, longer life expectancy,and more.  

When it comes to lifelong learning there are four main categories

  • Adult Education – involves gaining qualifications and skills for work.
  • Continuing Education – often describes complementary, informal, or not-for-credit courses offered by higher education institutions.
  • Professional Development – describes workshops, continuing education units, and on-the-job training.
  • Self-Directed Learning – often referred to as personal learning which uses wide range of sources and tools, including online resources.
As I said earlier there a many advantages to go continuing your education well past the grade school .Here are just a few:

* Dr. Robert Epstein[2] research discovered that the brain developed peaks in our teens and the best way to slow down the deterioration is to stay physically active and learn something new.

*Helps gets your creative juices flowing
*. Lifelong learning helps us make new friends and establish valuable relationships.

* Lifelong learning keeps us involved as active contributors to society. 

* Increases self-confidence

*Helps put life in perspective

*Helps the community and inspires a life of service 

 *Lifelong learning keeps us involved as active contributors to our society. 

*Going back to school help us challenge previous perceptions and judgement.By learning about history we learn more about the people around who may have judged unfairly.

*Increase life expectancy: When older people go back to school or set thier minds to learning a new task like learning a new language,travel to foriegn places, or learning to cook new cusine it increases thier motivation to stay alive until the task is complete.

*There has always beeen a strong correlation between staying in school and out of trouble. The more we encourage people to increase thier education we will have less adults feeling loss and the need to commit crimes.

*Since Mothers Day was has just passed I think its important to remember the most important aspect of being a lifelong learner is that when we conitue to learn as adults we encourage our children and other young people to never give up and anything is possible.

Marty was born in Port Au Prince, Haiti where she was diganosed with Spinal Bifida a birth defect that left her in a wheelchair. She was adoptrd when she was 5 months to a single mother from Ohio with her 13 (yes thirteen!) other children. In 1998 she moved to Washington State where she has been ever since. You can read more about Marty and her blog at Marty's Thoughts on Life and Money.


  1. An excellent post. You remind me that I am a semester away from my degree in English. I should go back!

    1. Wow a semester away thats great me too. I have only 10 credits left for my degree in Education

  2. I totally agree! Learning new things and expanding one's horizon every single day is important. Apart from staying healthy longer (studies have shown that training one's mind with crosswords, etc. can even improve memory with Alzheimer patients), it is simply fun. We had friends from the U.S. visiting us last winter. They are both around 70, and I think it's amazing that they did this huge trip to come visit, see and learn new things.

    1. Yep crosswords are great for memory so are other minde binders. Travel is also great becuase its everyone active

  3. I learned quite a bit of this actually in Master's degree work for teaching (education), but you are so right especially about continuing to learnt o help teach our children. That one is truly so very important indeed!!

    1. Hello Janine! I am not surprised thats where I learned most of this .I am undergrad student working towards my Master's in Teaching.Thanks for comming by!

  4. I am such an Erich Fromm fan! Thank you for more of his genius!

    1. Honestly this is one of the first times I have been close to his work.Do you have any others suggestion of stuff I should read

  5. I couldn't agree more! Since I started home schooling my two youngest, subjects that I did not do so wonderfully in, I am learning how to teach it to them and in turn learning it myself. It feels wonderful!
    Stacey @ This Momma's Ramblings

    1. Thats great and very creative when I am helping my mentally challenged sister with stuff I try to use as a learning experience for me as well.Thanks for comming by Stacey