Education – Does it Matter?


My son is in the middle of his university mid-terms. As I watch him study, his brows drawn in concentration, I am reminded that learning is a complex and multi-dimensional activity that demands our full and unequivocal involvement.  Even the most brilliant have moments of doubt and uncertainty.  Memorizing and repetitive training may generate a “good mark” which provides a small measure of comfort, even arrogance in some cases.  Yet, integrating learning into our thoughts, goals, desires and life strategies, takes creativity, ingenuity and intuitive imagination.  This week will spotlight education from the perspective of individual effort and life-long learning. Who better to start off the discussion than Benjamin Franklin and Alvin Toffler – two men from different centuries, who saw the future with clear and steadfast eyes.

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”

Benjamin Franklin

“The illiterate of the future will not be the person who cannot read.  It will be the person who does not know how to learn.”

Alvin Toffler