Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Lifelong Learning

Found this on Catana's blog and wanted to share. I've always believed in the value of self-education, either in conjunction with a school system or without any formal schooling. The best educated people are those who pursue something they love...taking advantage of whatever is available on the subject. One of my favorite autodidacts is Charles Darwin, who studied and learned and experimented and wrote for the simple love of it. I used to tell my students that although formal education can be valuable (if you want it to be), the most effective education is the one an individual embarks on for his own benefit and pleasure.

The first week in September is Self-University Week and 52 possibilities for celebrating lifelong learning are suggested. As I didn't happen on this post until the week had nearly passed, I'm going to start now and not worry about a time table at all. If I managed only one a week for the next year, I'd be quite pleased with myself. Truthfully, however, what I will do is interpret and re-interpret these ideas to suit myself. I will pick and choose and revise -- and still profit from the experience.

Here are two fall decorations I picked up at Joanne's at 50% off. I'm not sure where I'm going to put them yet, probably in the back garden.


  1. Thanks for sharing this link. I think continuing education is a great idea. I have posted the link on my blog too. We are going to be a whole bunch of smart bloggers!

  2. I love the farmer's market sign...and if anyone can work through the 52 items listed for self-education, my bet would be on you :) you already embody what the list is about.

  3. Shelina-- onward to a broader horizon! We can pick and choose and expand our abilities and imaginations.

    Karoda-- I love old signs and since I can't afford them, I enjoy the cheap reproductions when possible!

    Well, your kind words are appreciated, but you've become something of a role have really ventured out this year providing a lot of inspiration.


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