Lifestyle Change for Lifelong Learning

The best, top-ranked, and most popular blogs on lifelong learning, continuing education, and adult learning are often passed over. Not because of their importance, but just being hard to find in most media and blog directories. If you wanted to browse these topics on Yahoo! Huffington Post, or Technorati, just to name a few, there is no specific section dedicated to the education or learning of adults. To be fair, you might find some related clip on DIY (do-it-yourself), still all of them are lumped into a catch-all category called ‘Lifestyle.’

Lifestyle suggests a preference and choice rather than being essential. Perhaps this explains why education after high-school has become an option and not a given right.

Some argue for ‘lifelong learning’, but it can also suggest an individual’s role to find bits of information in the same way of deciding what clothes to wear, movies to watch, or cellphones to text and never talk from.  These other choices are indeed lifestyle preferences; should creating an education also be one of them?

This explains why I prefer using the expression, ‘lifelong education’: Simply to promote and advance a discussion about how our community colleges, universities, even professional, technical and vocational schools have a societal role and responsibility to be continual partners in our educational need.

In the meantime, I would suggest a re-classification, a proverbial ‘lifestyle change’,  in how lifelong learning and continuing education is grouped in media outlets.  Who knows, it might not only change our choice of living, but also our style of learning.


2 responses to “Lifestyle Change for Lifelong Learning

  1. Great contrast with the terms lifestyle and “lifelong learning” and their colloquial connotations. As a faculty member at a community college I most often use the term “lifelong learning.” However, I plan on incorporating “lifelong education” into my repertoire of professional jargon in the future.

  2. I consider myself a lifelong learner as well. Having worked a good long while and now going back to grad school to upgrade at close to 60. One aspect of that learning is getting “connected.” There was the initial trepidation of trying to catch up with my younger student colleagues who are all up to speed on FB, Twitter, Skype etc. I’m coping, sort of. But do you think that fear of failure or ridicule is normal for seniors who go back to school? Thanks

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