Clif Smart, aptly-named President of Missouri State University, told recent graduates that whether they continue their formal education or not, none of them should be finished learning–
I believe you can’t live a fulfilled life without continuing to grow and learn. So I shared with them some of the things I had learned since I completed my formal education 30 years ago. Some items were to be amusing; all were based on my experiences.
Here we go…
• Stop by Andy’s frozen custard when you come back to Springfield. The strawberry concrete is worth the calories.
• Never buy a timeshare. You will have a difficult time selling it, and it will likely cost you several thousand dollars to unload it. I witnessed that from watching my parents try to sell a timeshare in Las Vegas. Painful.
• Work hard. There really is no free ride, and those who don’t work hard eventually pay for that lifestyle.
During a speech at Amherst College, Jeb Bush’s last point was that the United States should encourage “a culture of lifelong learning, starting at the earliest levels.”
He urged a “customized” learning experience, “where children learn in their own path and their own way, where teachers manage the learning system in the classroom, but we gain growth every year — and that there’s no tolerance for passing kids along just because of their life circumstances.”
And workers — especially older workers — know it. My Next Avenue colleague, career coach Nancy Collamer, recently wrote that nearly 40 percent of workers over 50 told the Pew Research Center that they believe continuous training is essential to their future career success. FWIW, Mark Zuckerberg gets it, too: As The Economist notes, Zuckerberg sets himself new personal learning goals every year.
Problem is, as The Economist points out clearly and bleakly, employers and policymakers are doing precious little to provide the necessary training to keep U.S. workers at the top of their game. In fact, Palmer maintains, “employers seem to be less willing to invest in training their workforces” than in the past, partly due to financial pressures and the growth of automation and outsourcing.
Numeracy is a vital part of being able to function in work-life and as an active citizen. Developing a successful approach to numeracy can have a huge positive impact on a country’s economic and social wellbeing. Yet we understand far too little about how effective adults, and in particular those belonging to vulnerable groups in society, are at solving everyday mathematical problems or about how emotions, stress and other pressures affect their ability to learn mathematics and make use of what they have learned.
According to a special feature in the January 14 issue of The Economist, companies and employees need to embrace continuous learning as a core skill to remain competitive in a 21st century economy increasingly characterized by the blend of human and machine intelligence. Attaining competency in Business English is critical to this goal on several levels.
It was announced in early December that the Villages Lifelong Learning College would be shut down as the result of an Americans Disabilities Act lawsuit filed by a group of Villagers. The announcement set off a firestorm of criticism and complaints by the thousands of Villagers who have taken advantage of the college through the years.
It was the No. 4 story of 2016 in The Villages.The man at the center of the storm, pleaded for understanding from his fellow Villagers. Read more about his plea HERE
The VHA pleaded with the Villages District Office to step in and save the Lifelong Learning College, which has already called off the spring session. You can read more about the VHA’s plea HERE