Lifelong Learning

Seneca, the Latin philosopher, wrote, “As long as you live, keep learning how to live.” Centuries later Andre Gide, the French critic and novelist said, “The wise man is he who constantly wonders afresh.”

The scientific and technological explosion in this century has caused us all to recognize that learning is a continuous, permanent, lifelong pursuit. It is a process which commences with birth and only terminates at death and is then carried on by others in a never-ending continuum.

Education and learning are not synonymous with school and schooling. While schools are a vital part of the learning process, they are only a part. Parents, peers, and community institutions also play a vital role.

I am constantly surprised at the number of people who assume that they have “completed” their “education” with some degree, certificate, or other credential. We give degrees, certificate in the United States in a ceremony appropriately called “Commencement.” A degree is only a passport to enter the world of work of experience and to help improve the quality of life. It is permission to commence.

In my 40 years of adult experience I have employed many different kinds of people for different kinds of work. I have found that the person who learns by doing, who learns by thinking, who learns by experience is a valuable member of any team. The person who has a curiosity, a willingness to question the status quo, and the want to know more about his or her assignment is the person who most likely believes in lifelong learning.


A definition.

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 Lifelong Learning: A Definition and a Challenge
Periodicals>Magazine Article:  Cohen, Wilbur J. (November 1975), Lifelong Learning: A Definition and a Challenge, ASCD Educational Leaership, Retrieved on 2014-03-13
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