lifelong learning

anonymous asked:

Top 5 ways to improve your competence?

1. read.

2. see tons of patients.

3. read about your patients’ conditions, meds, and procedures

4. acknowledge your mistakes and use them as learning opportunities

5. read some more. read outside your area of expertise. review things that are in your comfort zone. read things that challenge your current way of practice. read critically.

While library usage continues to evolve in an ever increasing digital age, majorities of Americans think local libraries serve the educational needs of their communities and families pretty well. Those who use libraries often outpace others in learning activities, but many do not know about key education services libraries provide.

Libraries and Learning

In order to counter the attempts to marginalise progressive lifelong learning, and promote the cultivation of the Cooperative Gestalt, we need to address the needs, so to speak, of the head, the heart and the hands. The head needs to be reinforced with greater understanding. It is important to explain why it is better to learn continuously in an open and inclusive manner so that we are able to make the most of changing circumstances for the good of all. The heart needs to be stirred with passionate concern. We should explore diverse means – fiction, art, film – to fire up the desire to resist attempts to shut down the cooperative mindset. Last but not least, the hands need the practical tools to bring about changes. We should make use of the many resources available to strengthen the impact of progressive lifelong learning.
—  Henry Tam at Question the Powerful. The Cooperative Gestalt

I’ve always been intimidated by watercolor, and I’ve only ever really used it for sketches. So last night I took a watercolor 101 course with Emily Proud. She shared ways of building up our paintings, how to choose the right brush, and a few other pro tips. I made this still-life painting during the class, as well as a few other watercolor experiments. Emily is a fantastic teacher, and she got me excited to continue exploring watercolor as a medium. 

learning is something you do for yourself … today, the ability to learn on your own or from your peers has become really easy. I think this change is leading to a fundamental disruption in education. Independent and lifelong learning are really starting to peak - there is an inflection point coming around how people learn.

Aidan Sigman ‘13 (Chicago, Illinois): education for education’s sake.

I came to Reed after attending– and being sorely disappointed by– two other colleges: New York University and the Santa Rosa Junior College. I went to NYU right after graduating from high school, expecting to find a community of students who were as excited about their education as I was. Instead, I found a community of students who were interested in college merely as a means to enter the business world, to appease their parents, to find future spouses, or as an excuse to live in Manhattan. No one I met was interested in education for education’s sake. Nor was anyone I met committed to actually engaging with their class work. Further, I found most of my professors at NYU to be cold and distant. Whenever I went to a professor’s office hours to discuss readings, problems, or further conversation related to class content, I was seen as a brown noser— someone who was speaking to them simply to improve my grade in their classes. Finally NYU was incredibly expensive. I could no longer justify taking out the massive student loans required for my attendance. So I left. I moved to California and spent a few years working off student debt and taking classes at a junior college.

Why Reed?

Taking some time off from school gave me the opportunity to reflect on what I wanted from my college education. I realized that I wanted to attend a school that taught its students to think, not a school that taught its students how to perform a job. I wanted to be surrounded by people who believed that higher education isn’t merely a means to an end, but a lifelong pursuit. I was turned on to Reed by one of my aunts, who is a regular visiting professor at the University of Chicago. I asked her if there was still a college in the United States that prioritized the life of the mind over the life of the boardroom. She responded with a few colleges, including the University of Chicago and Reed. I read through Reed’s website and fell in love. Finally, a school that treated its students like adults, a school that prioritized learning for the sake of learning.

Reed isn’t perfect, but it’s what I was looking for. I still can’t believe how lucky I am to be attending this place.