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learn for the sake of learning

May 17, 2019

We live in a very money conscious culture.  By this I mean that we tend to put a monetary value on everything.  This isn’t always a bad thing.  But when it comes to learning, I worry sometimes that we have starting thinking about learning and knowledge as being valuable only when we can see the direct connection to increased financial wealth.

I believe that learning is valuable and important in and of itself.  That learning is a good thing regardless of whether or not it translates into a financial benefit.  I believe it’s always a good thing to make time in our lives to learn something new.

I worry when I hear youth speak about picking a post-secondary learning program based on the income trends associated with employment when that program is completed.  When we say an “arts” education has no value.  I worry when I hear people say they don’t want to take a course or read a book, if they aren’t going to get paid for it.

Learning is always good.  We will always benefit from learning.  Formal and Informal Life-long learning is something I wish for all people.  Learning isn’t about money.  It’s about learning.

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