This month, millions of American high school and college kids will head “back to school.” They’ll be instructed in a staggering array of academic subjects but, unfortunately, also learn a lesson that will harm more than help them in their future careers. What’s that lesson? They’ll absorb the notion that their education is an episodic activity that can be regularly interrupted.
Now, before the howls of protest begin, I’m all for giving our kids a period of time to rest and recuperate from the pressures of the school year. But, the very term “back to school” tells kids that they can halt their education and then start it up again after a period of time. And, that’s simply not true in today’s high speed, high demand economy. What we should be teaching them, instead, is that education must now be a continuous activity.
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