What can I learn from school that I cannot teach myself?
A kid asked me this question, and I know there are a lot but, can you help me to come up with the best answer?
The simple answer is absolutely nothing. You can give yourself a college education at the library. The only thing you may learn in college is how to conduct research and work on group projects. K-12 teaches basically nothing. I learned more from leisure reading than I ever did in high school. I think college is a great idea, but only because you have to play the game if you want to succeed in life. Particularly in America, the education system (college included) is grossly ineffective. You might learn a few fun facts, but that's about it. Although, I would argue that it is very difficult to teach yourself math...Everything else is easy.
These days with resources like Wikipedia and MIT Open Courseware you can learn pretty much anything that your heart desires at a college level with enough time, motivation, and purpose.
Also, you can always supplement online learning resources and books with in-person local tutors to really help you to master the material quickly. Tutors and a stack of books is way cheaper than a university education and in many situations will provide the same results or better even.
I think the biggest benefits of college/school is that you are compelled to interact and listen to viewpoints that are different (some MUCH different) than your own.
When you teach yourself, you tend to do what we ALL do, and that is seek out and read things written by people that hold the same viewpoints and perspectives as you. This greatly limits our real ability to learn and be truly educated because how can you consider yourself to be well-informed unless you know the entire spectrum, and not just your own preferred piece of an issue or topic?
by Clive Donegal 6 years ago
How much practical value did you derive from your education?does college make a dfference anywhere other than applying for a job? How would you compare the value of your education to what you have learned since?
by Seckin Esen 5 years ago
What should be done to improve education system?
by Obinna Donald Ogba 11 months ago
Why are people able to speak a language, but cannot write or read it?
by maddy757 7 years ago
Should education be limited by the age of a person.? Then why are those made fun of who come back to college after a certain break of few years.?
by professorjeff 6 years ago
There's a lot of talk about education. Get a college degree and you've saved the day. It's the end-all and cure-all. A formal education is critical to your sustained achievement. But is the bachelor's so super, man? Not a lot of surveys going out to grads asking critical questions about degree...
by Grace Marguerite Williams 4 years ago
that is totally false. It is the A students who are the MOST SUCCESSFUL in life. They have more opportunities to further their education and to succeed than either B or C students. A students are more likely to attend graduate, law, and/or medical school than either B or C...
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