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Playing Education Like A Professional Sport


What if the scene of professional sports applied to education? Education would see casual spectators, loyal fans, owners and agents, referees and commissioners, rules and regulations, plus a schedule of games to play.

But who would education play and how would it know it won? I guess in formal schooling there have always been competition: for the highest grade, awards and recognition, maybe even your name on a diploma. But that seems different.

When I think about education as a professional sport, I’m envisioning there is a goal or championship, a SuperBowl,  some record-breaking accomplishment, something that gets media attention and worthy of autographs.

So why isn’t education like that?  Surely there would be more prospects and recruits.  Another question: where would the stadium and arena be located?  And who would attend and why?

If you haven’t figured by now, there’s no answer, or one is not provided. But there is something more promising.  Thinking about education beyond the boring brick and mortar, and transforming it into exciting living and happening.

For those who are not satisfying with a non-answer, I offer this:  If playing education was like a professional sport, we would practice everyday, work on weaknesses, excel in our strengths, find others, tell others, and practice together until we came across the most important question: What’s our  ‘fighting name?’

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State of Continuing Education 2012


Presenting the ‘State of Continuing Education’ comes with at least two outdated and conflicting terms. Some changes have occurred, but many have not. We have been hopeful and disappointed, gone through set-backs and have led the way.

We see Education has taken many forms and have been used for different purposes. The challenge going forward will involve defining the education you need among multiple options. Some are costly, many are cheaper, a few are unnecessary, but all of them will teach.

Learning has also come into fashion, which makes it harder to determine its real impact. The shift has turned away from learning individually to learning as a group, with a community, or in a society.

It appears that problems will define what we decide to learn, instead of also curiosity. Although both are needed, the expectations for education and learning to provide solutions and credentials on a timeline, within a budget, for a job and trying to keep one, are trending increasingly higher.

What is getting better and expanding is that education is not just k-12, but throughout a lifetime.  What will be interesting to see is whether adults will capture all of their grade-school experiences, good and bad, and return back to these schools and improve them: Wouldn’t that be continuing education?