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

The things one wants to know…


“I wish life was not so short, he thought. Languages take such a time, and so do all the things one wants to know about.”
J. R. R. Tolkien

Knowledge is increasing exponentially – everyone agrees.  Whether wisdom is growing at the same rate, is another matter altogether.

We have so much to learn in so little time. It makes life both exciting and frustrating. Perhaps this dynamic duo may be what keeps us moving forward. We have no time for regrets….

Education & Experience


“Education is when you read the fine print.   Experience is what you get if your don’t”  Pete Seeger

Sometimes I have time to read the fine print and sometimes my only available option is to embrace experience as a teacher.

Pete Seeger used the power of song to inspire peace.  His protest music in support of international disarmament, civil rights and environmental causes continues to resonate in a new generation of peace seekers.

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Where have all the flowers gone?

Long time passing

Where have all the flowers gone?

Long time ago…

 Pete Seeger –  American folk singer and an iconic figure in the mid-20th-century American folk music revival.



Epictetus: Born a slave – passionate about philosophy – died a free man.  He lived life simply, yet his words were sought after by eminent figures including the Emperor Hadrian, who was best known for building a wall in which marked the northern limit of Roman Britain.

I was born free…

May I seek out knowledge with the same passion as Epictetus…


“Only the educated are free.”
Epictetus (AD 55 – AD 135)