There is "book smart" and "street smart" or common sense. They're both important and need to be balanced . There are book smart people that can't make it anywhere on time and street smart people that can't read. We need both to have a somewhat fair playing field in life-but many can "make it "'with more of one than the other. It's a choice. It really is.
I wouldn't say of more importance....I will say that the life's lessons one learns outside of the classroom are very important.....as we all learn things in a classroom that we cannot learn outside of one, and vice versa.
Both are important. What you learn outside of the class learns you how to communicate with people and you get to learn some skills but what you learn in class opens your mind and helps in work like you cannot become an engineer without going to school and college.
intelligence is "knowing" or "learning" that a tomato is a fruit... wisdom is knowing it doesn't go in a fruit salad. the things YOU learn in life are far more important than the things your made to learn.
Yes, much like getting a college education. It's not all what you learn about in your major field, but what you learn while learning. People skills, culture, critical thinking, maturity, self-esteam, diversity, money management...
absolutely, teaching oneself something is always far more effective than having someone from a classroom teach you. Unless it is a master and disciple situation, in which the master devotes all their time to teaching the student personally. Obviously not the case with most classrooms. For instance. Socrates, Aristotle, The Founding Fathers, Aristarchus, Plato, and a host of other great minds, lived in a time when public schooling, and a classroom style environment was almost unheard of. They all developed their ingenious ideals and philosophies through their own thought processes and experiences. So it can certainly be said, that a classroom is far inferior to actual real-world experience.
I didn't complete my second year of high school and that left me on the bottom rung of wage-earners. As a reader I've learned a lot since then but I lack the nuts and bolts of formal education and would love to have had the advantage of attending university.
But it was a different world in those days. I was born toward the end of the Great Depression, nobody had any money, and it would have been impossible for my parents to have kept me at school for much longer.
best lessons on life are self experiences... from life ...life beats you up keeps beating you until one day you understand = / sometimes when you realize it its too late...so the answer is there is only so much you can teach anybody , life is hard so many unexpected things happen... it comes down to the choices we make they all have a ripple affect on our future...
As Dodgy states it is both, It seems that most employers place more on formal education then on practical experience. I know more then most coming out of school and end up fixing the school kids issues. Since I have the experience I am paid well for that, but because I have no college find myself in a vapor lock when it come to wages and promotion (not that I'd want to go higher then I am anyway). I like Dodgy never finished High School but have a desire for education and have for years so I research and read on subjects that interest me. The formal education is important for advancement in secular life, but the street smarts are important for life in general.
Think what you learn outside the Classroom is extremely important, but much of it cannot really be processed and applied unless you have at the very least a Base of knowledge and the critical thinking which a GOOD education gives. All of that becomes weary-some and moot when trying to figure how to communicate a loooong "break in learning such as 3 times 60!".:-).
I feel the information we learn inside the classroom are building blocks for the information we learn outside of it... although vise versa... the information we learn outside the classroom is information that can not be taught... they are both of equal importance but you need both of them to be equally balanced.....
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I used to think both are equally important, but a friend changed my perspective. Now I believe what we learn outside the classroom is of more importance than what we learn inside, until major changes in teaching methods are employed.
I used to be an introvert before I met this friend who taught me that there is a world outside myself which enriches life. She taught me to be myself and allow that self to shine in the eyes of world. She made me more social, more expressive and instilled spontaneity in me. She taught invaluable lessons of friendship and trust. She came into my life when I was in darkness and left making me brighter and better.
I don't think I could have learned all these lessons sitting inside the classroom, these are life lessons taught to me by a very good friend through simple conversations.
I am forever indebted to her for what she brought to my life..