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Education is Life – Quote of the Day

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.   - John Dewey

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.   – John Dewey

Back to school!  Today was the first day of school at our house.  Our oldest started second grade today,  Additionally, the girls we babysit day in-and-out for the summer also started back to school.  The house was very quiet today.

Although “formal” learning takes place in the classroom, from preschool to high school graduation, and on through Ph.D., education is a continuing part of life.  Every day someone can learn something new throughout their life!  I personally enjoy learning new things on many topics, from news to science and technology, to crafts, or expanding my vocabulary, there is always something new to learn.

I have a lot of formal education ranging up to a Masters degree (today’s pictures are featured from Ashland University, where I received my MBA), but I still love learning on the side.  I have signed up for SkillShare to learn, you guessed it, new skills!  I’m hoping to get a better focus on photography and sharpen my Graphic Design skills, brush up on business, and any other skills that I might find handy.

In the past, I would spend hours nightly researching permaculture on Youtube, listen to podcasts, and read articles.  If you are interested in producing some of your own food, being less wasteful, more energy sufficient, or going whole-hog into being a regenerative farmer, I suggest just searching the term “Permaculture”, and go from there!

Hobbies to business, entertainment to necessity, education really is life itself.

What do you like to learn about in your free time?  Do you agree with this quote’s conclusion, “education is life itself”?

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Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.   - John Dewey

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.   – John Dewey


  1. Cynthia

    I also find learning “entertaining” 😀 I study new languages whenever I have time, currently still busy with French and Catalán, and also love to learn about ancient civilizations, Khan Academy is great for that!

  2. Paula Atwell

    I agree that education is extremely important, both formal and experiential. I find that in our country many people no longer feel that education has a value and no longer seek to learn.

  3. Gwendolyn M Mulholland

    I totally agree with this quote and that is what I loved about homeschooling. We were constantly learning and there wasn’t anything we did that didn’t teach something. Even as an adult I like to learn new things.

  4. Kerri

    So great to hear that you signed up for a program to enhance your graphic design skills. I am constantly learning too to make myself a better person.

  5. Laurie Floyd

    As an educator myself I have used this quote in my classroom often….it’s one of my faves! We should always be striving to learn new things. When we stop learning, we stop living!

  6. Lois Alter Mark

    I am so with you, and think we need to put an emphasis on education again before ignorance destroys our country. We must always strive to keep learning, no matter how old we are.

  7. Alicia Taylor

    I do not have a college degree, but I do believe in education. Learning doesn’t have to take place in a formal environment. It’s always been my goal to master one new skill a year. It’s how I learned computer programming, web design graphic arts, and some Spanish. Never stop learning.


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