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Relation between education and age.

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    maddy757posted 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.?

    1. Patty Inglish, MS profile image93
      Patty Inglish, MSposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I was made fun of in college because:

      1) I worked 3 years first, to save up the money to go,
      2) I made pretty good grades while still working, and
      3) Earned academic scholarships, a lot of proficiency test course credits and started out in 3rd-year courses,
      4) And by non-college friends that thought they were being left behind.

      The larger group seems always to attempt to hold back the individual that tries to change and grow. It must be ignored by the target. It is bullying.   

      In graduate school a few years later it was much worse - some the Professors made fun of the ladies I met that were in their late 50s, especially the nurses. 

      I've known 75-year-olds that went back to college.

      Go to school no matter what, if you want to. PLUS, the studying and thinking help stave of Alzheimer's in senior citizens.

      1. Sab Oh profile image53
        Sab Ohposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Who "made fun of" you for saving and going to college?

    2. Shahid Bukhari profile image59
      Shahid Bukhariposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      In Islam ... there is no distance too great, or age, being, too old ... for the Muslim's pursuit of ... The Knowledge.

      The Lord Hath taught us, what we did not Know ... and it is Expected, by Him, that Muslims will continue the pursuit of True Knowledge ... from the cradle, to the grave.

      Like Relativities ... Truth is not a Theory ... hence, there is not Relation, between education ... and age.

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      waynehardyposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      No I don't think so. There is no age to education.  Anybody can learn anything at anytime in his life.
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  2. couturepopcafe profile image61
    couturepopcafeposted 7 years ago

    Have you lost your mind?  Are you telling me that someone is making fun of someone for going back to college after taking a break for a few years?  I'm 60 years old.  I'm back in college for the third time.  Obviously, I've lived in between and attended the school of hard knocks.  But I have never stopped learning.  Being made fun of doesn't even exist except in the mind of the one doing it.

  3. M. A. Hook profile image57
    M. A. Hookposted 7 years ago

    You may want to ask yourself if you are in the wrong school. There are three kinds of schools catering to three kinds of students:

    1. Those who want to learn as much as possible to become an expert in a specific field;

    2. Those who want to make political connections to use as stepping stones to better themselves in life; and,

    3. Where's the PARTY!!!!!

    Sounds like you're in #3. That would be the wrong school for you. Do your homework, find a #1 school, and get tha-heck-outta-Dodge before you run up a huge debt on a degree that will be useless to you in your future objectives.

  4. fayehelen profile image53
    fayehelenposted 7 years ago

    I went to a university where there were plenty of 'mature students'. The ones I knew didn't party at the student union (their own choice), but got stuck in with everything else; lectures, seminars, classes and subject socials! I didn't judge them, just saw them as one of us - and im pretty sure that other students didn't either. It is sad if that is not the case where you are.

    Of course there shouldnt be an age limit on education! Education allows people to grow and better thereselves - no matter how old they are!

  5. CASE1WORKER profile image73
    CASE1WORKERposted 7 years ago

    I am working supporting students with difficulties so I get to attend loads of lectures in subjects that I have no experience in. I reckon that life experience puts you head and shoulders above the youngsters and would say go and study.

  6. Jo Deslaurier profile image70
    Jo Deslaurierposted 7 years ago

    I know what you mean; I took a two year break from college after my junior year went back and was basically ostracized by students in a freshman course once they realized I was several years older than them and wasn't going to buy them beer. The majority of college students just got out of high school and think that creating cliches is the norm. And we all know that the easiest way for high school students to create cliches is by ostracizing "the outsider". Being older makes us easy targets as "the outsider". If this is your current situation it will probably get better the longer you are there. Once the kids realize you're not interested in their drama they'll probably calm down, plus you'll probably meet a couple of other students you own age.

  7. Yuki92 profile image78
    Yuki92posted 7 years ago

    Just ignore them. You're there to learn. So learn.

    1. NCBIer profile image59
      NCBIerposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I've taught college courses and know several others that do as well. The general trend seems to be that the more mature the student, the more they participate, the harder they work, the more they appreciate why they are there to begin with. A truly good professor values the mature student as an example of someone with the genuine desire to learn.

      As Dr. Seuss so eloquently put it, "Those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind."

  8. wychic profile image91
    wychicposted 7 years ago

    Making fun of someone of any age for trying to learn more is just dumb, for lack of a more eloquent term. I know plenty of people who started their first college degree around 30, and a lot of retired people who have gone back to school simply because it's an enjoyable and stimulating way to pass the time. I am personally 24, and eventually will make it to college, though I haven't yet...and haven't really needed it. Most people just assume that I have a college education, especially since I make a living as a writer and am -- so they say -- a very effective communicator. Why is it so abnormal for someone to go to school when they want to, rather than going right out of high school simply because it's expected and they have scholarships/mommy's and daddy's money/student loan offers out the wazoo and they're not sure what else to do with their life?

  9. Rafini profile image88
    Rafiniposted 7 years ago

    What most recent high school graduates don't understand is...some of them may drop out and return to finish in 5-10-15-20-25 or so years, after they've been married, had children, supported spouses, attempted to have a career without a degree, and/or divorced.  There is no shame in returning to school at whatever age you decide to go.  Besides, college professors do it all the time, because it's required!!