About mid-way through my masters degree I realized I became a teacher not because I like to teach (although I have a heck of a lot of fun doing that), but because I love to learn. At that point I was taking two classes, a masters level class on teaching theory, and a doctoral level class on learning theory. And the learning theory fascinated me. So much so that when I was picking a field for my doctorate I picked learning theory (with a minor in teacher prep.).
There are few things more valuable to me in this life than my education (my faith and my family taking the #1 and #2 spots).
I know what my purpose has been for my education, I have definite (yet flexible) plans for what I’ve learned. But what I’m wondering is, what does you think is the purpose of education? Why did you study what you did for as long as you did? What is the purpose of learning? Is the purpose different if you are male or female?
And I’m not limiting education and learning to formal classwork either. There are many ways to learn – trade schools, colleges, community education classes (belly dancing!), libraries, etc.
What do you think is the purpose of education in our culture? What is the purpose of education in your life?