What is education anyway? In the early 20th century, G.K. Chesterton wrote, “Education is simply the soul of society passed from one generation to another.” The connection is obvious – education isn’t confined to information or indoctrination, but nurtures the intellect and trains the will that creates a path for happiness. Chesterton adds that the purpose of knowing anything is to lead us to an ultimate truth.
There are many ways to form the hearts and minds of your children. You need not home school for your home to be a school.
Here are ten ideas gleaned from many families on how to foster lifelong learning and education in truth, beauty, and goodness within your home.
“These results show that engaging in lifelong learning is key – for workers of all ages. The further education and training system has a suite of options [that] can facilitate the reskilling and upskilling of older workers. This can allow people to remain in the workplace for as long as they want to, creating an age-friendly workplace environment.
In Ireland, the number of people aged 50 years or over has increased by 330,000 since 2008. This highlights the importance of providing these individuals, which it describes as ‘older workers’, with opportunities to upskill.
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In the UK, leaders are looking to lifelong learning to prepare populations for the future of work. They know that a lot of the jobs that exist today might not exist in 2030.
“That means if we want to make sure people and places are Robot ready we need to up skill and retain.”
Since a lot of people have already left compulsory education that means they need to focus on lifelong learning and ensuring that people can transition from jobs that are likely to disappear to jobs are likely to grow in the future.
The committee adds that “lifelong learning is a cause for serious concern.” The Lords claim that the scheme should be extended and scaled up to prepare for the challenges of an ageing workforce and technological development.
A study by the Pew Research Center found 54 percent of working adults believe it was essential to continuously update their skills to be successful in their careers. Why? To keep up with advances in technology that are disrupting industries from automakers to retail. So what changes will support this need and how can higher education help?
Whether our young high school graduates enter a trade school, community college, or university, their degree or certificate will not be the end of their education.
Don Pearson of Benton Harbor said being a lifelong learner is one of the most important lessons his parents taught him while he was growing up.
“As a kid, that was part of the culture in the home – learning all the time, reading all the time,” said Pearson, a 1975 Benton Harbor High School graduate. “There was literature everywhere. It’s become a hobby. My father reads constantly, even to this day. He’s 93 years old and that was one of the reasons I retired. He’s still reading. He’s still watching the news. And we still have great, stimulating conversations.”