Wednesday, July 18, 2007

On Being Educated vs Getting An Education

I try and share at times to others the meaning and value in a life-long self-directed education.
With a college-given education one acquires in a relatively short period of time as much knowledge as possible about certain subjects. One also inherently accepts the knowledge that is given in the form of a teacher and textbooks. This form of learning is not generally questioned and is conveyed to the student as being authoritative and complete. Once "graduated" from this form of learning, few individuals have the desire to continue any further to explore or inquire about the subjects they were taught. It is as though subconsciously they feel that they "know" the subject and have no need to continue any further sans the required continuing education that is needed to maintain their licensing or employer requests.
Because of this it is extremely difficult for an individual to morph from a college-given education to a more self-directed education than vice versa.
With a self-directed learning approach one searches for the knowledge of a given subject and conducts a more critical thinking type of component, questioning the source of information, comparing viewpoints and most importantly continuing to strive to get to a place where they feel they understand the subject, as a result it keeps the self-directed learner never getting to the point where they have "graduated" in the pursuit of that subject simply because they don't know where that point is and creates a catch-22 if you will. More learning to 'graduate' = No 'graduation' exists so more learning is needed....and on and on.
It perhaps helps to balance these two ideologies in such a way as to meet accredited coursework necessary and still pursue a life-long interest in learning.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

A Magnifying Glass Analogy

Recently I got into more of the blog world (starting my own again) and "bookmarking" other blogs I find informative (which by the way has grown exponentially) and getting into learning more about SEO, SEM and the world of building great blogs/websites which leads me to consider this like a magnifying glass. Let me explain..

From a distance you see this industry perform and hear things about it passively, but as you get closer and closer to it you find that it's just swarming with fast-paced events, sites and articles that it almost overwhelms you. You see a finely tuned, increasingly complex and sophisticated world all about promoting, lead generating, marketing, increasing readers, analytics for blogs and websites. I congratulate those that have the ability to keep up and master such intense field.

I have learned over the years that there are two types of knowledge which will determine your course of future action:
  1. Knowledge of a trade, skillset (in this case learn it so you know and can do it yourself)
  2. Knowledge of where or who to go to for that knowledge (hire them to do it and move on to other areas)
Is it worth it to spend the time and money learning new skills in this area or outsource it to specialize in other areas. I'll have to get back to you on that.

Monday, January 1, 2007

Technology Topic: Global Technology in the 21st Century

As Americans we consider ourselves well-developed in terms of current technology (mobile phones, broadband, RFID, Internet,etc). Some pivotal studies to reflect on give us a better understanding where we stand with the rest of the world and where technology is headed.

One study titled "Market Study on the Information Technology Sector in Japan" is a must read to get acquainted with current data.
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Another starting point is the 2004 White Paper "Information and Communications in Japan"
Located at:

More on this subject later as this makes a great starting point for future references and discussions.