Ownership and Life-Long Learning

I heard this morning about how some businesses now have new training for employees every two months. Their way of doing business, and keeping ahead, is changing so rapidly that their workforce needs to be consistently kept up-to-date.

I’ve also heard it discussed that it may now longer be as important as it once was for a new employee to have “pre-exisiting skill sets” before employment Flexibility and the ability to learn new things may be seen as more important. The employer is assuming more responsibility for “bringing employees up-to-speed” and keeping them there.

At the same time, a colleague this morning talked about the “closed circle of information” in some schools, where students recirculate the same information and same skills, in order to pass the tests and move on. In this light, it seems like education could stay focused on the past, whereas it may be becoming less clear who values these goals. Or how they are essential or relevant.

Somewhere, I think there’s a possible common ground between what schools find important and what students themselves value, starting around the middle school years. At different ages, I wonder if all children don’t have the ability to develop “expert learner” skills in areas of affinity and ability, but it seems rare that these areas are recognized and nurtured at school. In the future, though, I wonder if “expert learner” isn’t the best trait one could own.

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