Formal education is like waking up and opening the curtains because your plant needs sunlight. But it's 9 pm. It is almost always night, and you often deprive your plant of sufficient light. In this metaphor, the plan is your brain, and the sunlight is knowledge.

Don't get me wrong – the education you get in the classroom can provide you with some knowledge; it just might not be sufficient. After-all, the world is more significant than your classroom, and there any many alternative ways to explore it.

Dan Trepanier

Mentor Coach, 3 Smart Reasons NOT to Rely on Classroom Education

For many years, education in the classroom was the only way people would get access to knowledge.

In hindsight, that was limiting their potential.

As technology kept evolving, many alternatives have been developed, such as online courses and platforms.

‘We’re living in the Internet age, which has had an enormous impact on EDUCATION in the classroom. Exploring the world, different mediums and access to information is now greater than ever’  Dan Trepanier 

People started asking themselves: Is education in the classroom still relevant nowadays?

It’s an important starting point, but it’s just a basic one, after all. However, I’m confident that you shouldn’t rely on it exclusively.

Here are a few reasons why

  1. Learning Means Exploring the World
  2. Never Assume Anything and Question Everything
  3. Learning is facilitated through Many Different Mediums

Education in the Classroom Doesn’t Have to Be Exclusive Nowadays.

Learning never ends. Each day, we discover that we know so little. We’re not going to be in school forever, so we have to know our options for educating ourselves.

We can’t deny the role of education in the classroom. After all, that is where you make your first friends. And where you learn how to work as a team.

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1) Learning Means Exploring the World

From the moment we’re born until we go to school, we’re continuously learning. We touch things; we’re surprised by everything we see because they’re new things for us.

It’s in our nature to be curious and to want to explore the world. Then, as we grow a little older, we start asking questions and “Why” becomes our best friend.

Even though the educator can tell us all about the world, we can’t explore it if trapped between four walls.

2) Never Assume Anything and Question Everything

In school, we tend to take things as they are. The teachers say something; we have to learn what they say. But we never really doubt it.

  • We seldom question whether what the teacher is saying is true or not.
  • What we can do is transform our assumptions, if we have them, into facts.

How can we do that? 

By discussing what we learn at school with other people our age and even with our parents. If we make this habit of discussing ideas or what we know in school, we’ll be less likely to believe everything we see on TV.

3) Learning Can Be Done through Many Different Mediums

It’s such a shame that most teachers don’t take advantage of other mediums, such as presentations. Education in the classroom should never be limited.

We’re visual human beings, and so we will learn better and faster if visual materials accompany the information we hear or read.

How can you learn through different mediums?

Audible is a great example. It’s an app you can use to listen to books instead of reading them. If we’re too busy to sit down in a quiet place, an audiobook is a great option. You can listen to one anywhere, no matter what you are doing.

Seminars, conferences, watching TED talks – These are all great places for inspiration and knowledge.

Try different mediums and find the one that works best for you.