OK, so that sounds like the start to some JML advert, but I'm back to uni on Monday, and it's made me think about my own education.
There were plenty of topics covered in school, and ones which I played the joker, mucked around and didn't take as much as I wish I had now. Although I was lucky enough to pass all of my GCSE's with A-C's (aced my alphabet test........) and stood me in good stead for future learning, I'm just mulling over all things I wish I knew now. vs. the parts of that I actually missed out on being taught at school due to my own insolence.
So does anyone have any regrets of particular subjects or area's they can remember having a lesson on, didn't listen to, and now 10 years later find themselves reading a book on that subject avidly in awe at the knowledge?
along those lines..
Contrary to anything I can google, I once read that the brain engages best around 25-30. By that I mean optimum learning condition and memory retention. Peak brain power as it were.
Having taken a few years out of school and work a few different trades, and now in my second year of Uni in my mid 20's, I feel that I am getting a lot more out of learning as I actually want to learn and aquire knowledge!
As many can contest, had I put my nous to use say, 5 years ago, then I certainly would be leading a "fresher" lifestyle, and probably corrupting many youngster freshers to ketamine and the Black Swan. I'm glad I'm back in education now, so I guess my question is:
Is Scotland right to offer its citizens free university education? And is it fairly funded? Could and Should the "rUK" adopt the same system, offering its citizens the opportunities, pro bono, to study and indulge in intellectual pusuits free of financial liability?
On a Philiosophical note; when the internet becomes instantaneously integrated within our brains, and we can retrieve data the instant we wonder its answer, would that make schools derelict? Would we need a world of schooling and learning when we can get the basic answers to anything the moment we wonder it? Obviously we would have people that are actively scouring for new answers who would like to collaborate and wonder together, from which advancement would attain. But then again, would those who choose not to school (and are an identifit to stereotypical dinlows), yet are able to acquire answers to anything they wonder think along new tangents, and become the geniuses of tomorrow?