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May 1, 2018
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Americas: Education for the “Other 50 Years”


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Those first 18 years of education are a huge focus in the U.S. and elsewhere, and rightly so. We can quibble about how effective the current system is ad nauseam, but one thing we can all agree on is the value of giving kids the basic educational building blocks they’ll need to become effective adults. The most important of these (says the proud English major) is not so much the individual facts and formulas we cram into their growing skulls, but learning how to learn.

Once we get beyond high school and, if we’re lucky, post-secondary education, we’re basically educationally on our own for what Tagoras’ Jeff Cobb calls “the other 50 years.” Our employer might provide training to help us move to the next level, or we can continue to take continuing education courses at a local college or one of the increasing horde of massive open online courses, or MOOCs, such as Coursera, or more task-specific sites such as Lynda.com. We hop over to YouTube for video instruction, or Instagram for ideas and inspiration, or the ubiquitous encyclopedia to the world that’s always one search term away, Google.

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