By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Isaac Asimov in 1988 on Lifelong Learning

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 "If you have a system of education using computers, then anyone, any age, can learn by himself, can continue to be interested. If you enjoy learning, there's no reason why you should stop at a given age. People don't stop things they enjoy doing just because they reach a certain age. They don't stop playing tennis just because they've turned forty. They don't stop with sex just because they've turned forty. They keep it up as long as they can if they enjoy it, and learning will be the same thing. The trouble with learning is that most people don't enjoy it because of the circumstances. Make it possible for them to enjoy learning, and they'll keep it up."

--Isaac Asimov (1988) (see source link below).

This prescient statement from 1988 points to the explosion of online learning (whether for a degree or for a certificate or just for the intrinsic reward). The statement also confirms the value of the concept of "community education" in which our school facilities are made available for the entire community of whatever age to learn whatever an individual finds of interest, from Latin to painting.
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