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Thoughts to Chew On


As an adult, parent, professional, or student, how would you define education? Is it something necessary in order to get the things you want in life. Can it be an institution of mental engagement looking to expand your experience, intelligence, and ideas. Or is it something indescribable that you can’t quite put your finger on. Here are some thoughts on the definition of education:

Education is…
“One of the few things a person is willing to pay for and not get.”
-William Lowe Bryan, 10th President of Indiana University

“A succession of eye-openers each involving the repudiation of some previously held belief.”
-George Bernard Shaw, British dramatist, critic, writer

“Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.”
-Malcolm Forbes

Education is…”a state of mind and being, something not to be attained lightly but to be cultivated and raised into something useful not tragic.”
-J. Mason

My last point resonates with those people who continue to go back to school without luster or purpose. Even being time pressed due to work constraints or family commitments, providing yourself with an education should be something you reward yourself with.

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” -William Butler Yeats

The more information you feed your brain, the more you’re bound to churn out. Take the chance and opportunity to open up your mind to new ideas, classes of thought, classes, and ways of working.

“It is in fact a part of the function of education to help us escape, not from our own time — for we are bound by that — but from the intellectual and emotional limitations of our time.” -T.S. Eliot

Take a minute to to rediscover why you’re a student, and why you’re going back to school, or why you’re not going back to school. Expand on what you’re learning by supplementing the material with purpose to your life and focus in it.

“Education is the best provision for old age.”

-J. Mason