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What does lifelong learning mean in your life?

Asked by wundayatta (58638points) November 11th, 2011

Do you think you will be learning all your life, or do you think you’ll be done with that when you graduate? If you do think you’ll be learning all your life, how so? What will you learn? Will you be getting a PhD at age 70? What in?

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Seaofclouds's avatar

I believe I’ll be learning my whole life. With being a nurse, I have to keep current on nursing practice and complete a certain amount of continuing education to maintain my nursing license. In addition to that, having children has been quite a learning experience. There are so many things that I never took into consideration before something has happened.

I don’t know if I will ever get a PhD, but I do have plans to go to graduate school for a MSN some day. I’m just not sure what I want to specialize in for my MSN yet. I’m thinking about nursing education so I can become a nursing instructor when I no longer want to work at the bedside.

AmWiser's avatar

It’s virtually impossible to stop learning as long as your brain is active. Even at age 70, I would appreciate a PhD in Life.

tom_g's avatar

I didn’t start learning until after college.

As for learning related to work – I’m a software developer, so the stuff I’m learning today will be obsolete next year.

Bellatrix's avatar

I use this phrase regularly and for me it is about inspiring people to love learning. Not just in a formal sense but to question things and to analyse issues and ideas rather than just blindly accepting information provided. I see lifelong learning as being that thing that keeps us going “why did that happen” and then seeking answers. If the people I work with go away having reignited the little child who asked why about everything, I feel between us we have achieved a good outcome.

I think the day I stop learning is the day they put nails in a wooden box that surrounds me. I learn formally and informally every day. It is the thing that keeps me fascinated in the world and people around me. I am still a researcher so I continue to learn formally. I also learn informally from all the people here, my kids, my students, my colleagues, the person on the bus or anyone I speak to. Everyone has a story and something to share.

rojo's avatar

I believe so, I thing that when I am done learning, I am done.

bkcunningham's avatar

Where we live, we have a Lifelong Learning College. The courses are non-credit and focus on both personal enrichment and academic areas of interest. It is really amazing and so cool. Anything you’ve ever dreamed of learning, studying, trying is available. Most of the instructors are retired professors and professionals in the field they teach. I love it! I hope to continue learning new things and meeting new people and challenges until the day I die.

john65pennington's avatar

As a cop for 44 years, I learned something new everyday. People never cease to amaze with their problems. I have to tell this incident. Three people were living in a project home. The mother, the daughter and the daughters boyfriend. I received a domestic violence call at their address. All three were in to it, over a six pack of beer. As it finally ended, the mother and the daughters boyfriend kicked the mothers daughter out of the apartment. Figure that one out.

I have always felt that a day goes by that I do not learn something new, is a day wasted in my life.

Paradox25's avatar

I work in both the electrical and mechanical trades and I know I will never even come close to learning everything in my field.

JLeslie's avatar

I guess people learn new things without even trying if they interact with others.

But, lifelong learning to me means the active pursuit of learning. It can be formal education, or just a person reading up on an interest, pursuing a new hobby. I learn many new things on fluther, it is one of the things I like most about fluther.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

It’s a philosophy. It’s an important one in my life.

ratboy's avatar

It begins with being taught to tie my shoe every morning; then it’s bedtime.

fizzbanger's avatar

It means I can comfortably procrastinate, because I have my whole life to finish another degree…

Mariah's avatar

I love learning new things. I never want to stop. I’ve learned a lot over the past year about how to keep your brain active when you’re not taking formal classes.

HungryGuy's avatar

Everybody learns constantly, even if you don’t realize it. Lifelong learning just happens (unless you’re a zombie…or maybe Homer Simpson with your ass planted on the sofa watching TV 24/7).

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