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  • Is Education a waste of time?!

    If the education is a waste of time, and we can educate ourselves. so, how we can share or publish our work in any field like any researcher in academic research or other field ?
    Some thoughts....

  • #2
    Originally posted by RadyM.Rady View Post
    If the education is a waste of time, and we can educate ourselves. so, how we can share or publish our work in any field like any researcher in academic research or other field ?
    Some thoughts....
    You can publish your work exactly on the same places like all other researchers. It is not like they have a license to publish just because they work in a research institute. They propose their papers to one or several publishers who have a team of specialists who evaluate and decide what they publish and what not.
    To find out who the publisher are - I recommend going to the next library of a university and start searching for the newest publications to your field of work or research.

    PS: Since today everything seems to be learned via youtube videos I'm sure you can learn about how to publish also in youtube videos
    Last edited by Suna123; 09-15-2018, 12:10 PM.

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    • #3
      If you educate yourself, you are only going to invent the wheel over and over again... Else, as Suna123 said, publishing paper don't depend on your education but on the publisher, some are very strict, some are not.

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      • #4
        a decent formal education could only be a waste of time for a ne'er do well and vice versa.

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        • #5
          Education is never a waste of time. Being educated people become able not only to get an easier way to earn money in the future but also they can easily protect themselves in different situation as being literate in all senses ensures you can use your education in many aspects of life. Example - I could easily apply to Turkish airlines for compensation as my sister's flight was cancelled because my education made me be able to communicate in English and being able to know the rules I could contact the airlines myself and not to lose any money on those who could help. I'm glad I could help my sister in this. Education means you won;t have to do physical jobs which are hard and dirty. Even if work with education can be hard too, it is different. Education is much better than illiteracy.

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          • #6
            Knowledge is a personal asset, having more assets than others is always positive.

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            • #7
              If you mean education, no. It's not a waste of time. Education is acquisition of knowledge, and knowledge, my dear is NEVER a waste of time.
              School, on the other hand, is a sham, a scam.

              OK, my view is biased, but that is how schooling in Nigeria here is.

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              • #8
                Education is not just about acquiring knowledge. Educational institutions teach you how to access resources, network, form cohorts and professional relationships as well as providing curriculum and instruction. Can a very motivated person with access to the necessary resources do it themselves? Perhaps with determination and luck, but without mentorship and academic dialogue I'm not sure a person could ever reach their full potential.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Laura005 View Post
                  Education is not just about acquiring knowledge. Educational institutions teach you how to access resources, network, form cohorts and professional relationships as well as providing curriculum and instruction. Can a very motivated person with access to the necessary resources do it themselves? Perhaps with determination and luck, but without mentorship and academic dialogue I'm not sure a person could ever reach their full potential.
                  Well said! add to this the discipline and team spirit one may develop during the course of academic studies.

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                  • #10
                    I don't agree with you. Education is not a waste of time but it is a great knowledge source which used to educate others and aware newly happened events. After education, you can start work in a proper manner or planning.

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                    • #11
                      –†eople receive an education to best serve the needs a deeper understanding among people ... because otherwise, an education will be nothing more than a mind-control.
                      Last edited by dmitri11; 10-23-2018, 05:31 PM.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Etsia View Post
                        Education is never a waste of time. Being educated people become able not only to get an easier way to earn money in the future but also they can easily protect themselves in different situation as being literate in all senses ensures you can use your education in many aspects of life. Example - I could easily apply to Turkish airlines for compensation as my sister's flight was cancelled because my education made me be able to communicate in English and being able to know the rules I could contact the airlines myself and not to lose any money on those who could help. I'm glad I could help my sister in this. Education means you won;t have to do physical jobs which are hard and dirty. Even if work with education can be hard too, it is different. Education is much better than illiteracy.
                        Although education is definitely useful in that it teaches literacy, I would say that it is most definitively flawed in Canada and the United States at the junior high and high school level, and not preparing one any more for the workforce than those who aren't educated after elementary school and have to do hard & dirty physical jobs. Many have to learn various subjects, such as history, literature, and mathematics, that they will likely not use in their careers as they did in their classroom settings, which does make this education a waste of time (unless you're planning to become a historian, an English professor/researcher, or a mathematician, respectively - even theoretical physicists don't really calculate out everything, and they still need to interact with others, unlike human calculators). I would agree with Physicosophia that education is a waste of time, but I wouldn't say that everyone should only educate themselves - for very few have the self-discipline to do so, and even fewer would have the natural inclination to teach themselves without guidance from institutions or their parents. I think students should try to learn various topics in education the same way that researchers had to do long ago, when they were first discovering the same concepts as the students themselves, and the students learn from this accordingly, with the guidance of the teacher.

                        Any thoughts?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Kalion_Enoch View Post
                          Any thoughts?
                          yes - when I was your age I had similar thoughts.
                          Meanwhile I know this is wrong. I came across people who only had very less education......they have a lot disadvantages in their adult life from start to finish. This is not limited to the job. Especially history is something extremely important for you personally and your countries future.
                          The same can be said about all other subjects - even your native language as a subject (in your case English).

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Suna123 View Post

                            yes - when I was your age I had similar thoughts.
                            Meanwhile I know this is wrong. I came across people who only had very less education......they have a lot disadvantages in their adult life from start to finish. This is not limited to the job. Especially history is something extremely important for you personally and your countries future.
                            The same can be said about all other subjects - even your native language as a subject (in your case English).
                            Yes, history is important, but I would say only to a certain extent - you won't use your knowledge in daily life except when participating in politics, and even then, use of historical knowledge would be limited, and you'd still end up looking up relevant historical events pertinent to a political issue. What is important in these subjects is the character that they provide for a person, but other than that, they only send you off to university, where you would go on a spectrum, from either getting slammed by real-world problems, or continuing to learn subjects that are unlikely to be useful for one's future at all. Employers are much more likely to look at a degree as a measure of "hard work" and "knowledge" in a certain field, but not much else if at all.

                            Those who've had less education than the norm didn't have disadvantages in their adult life due to having less education, I'd say, but rather because most lack certain necessary characteristics that education imbues for the workforce (that can be learnt regardless of the material, or even regardless of education), and they lacked the opportunities to have a stable job, which is not at all an issue of education but rather one of social mobility. Only certain professions require intensive schooling, and even then, the disconnect between school and work is still overly massive. What I'm calling for is not the elimination of education, but changing what its inherent form of teaching from instruction to guidance, and the students' role from "receiving" to finding their own information to make their own educational triumphs.

                            Tl;dr Let education be a childhood- and adolescent-long Socratic seminar of various research teams that find out info by themselves, with only a few having to simply "receive" the info.

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