After spending most of your childhood and part of your adulthood in an educational environment, most of us cannot wait to leave school. However, in this modern day and age it is important for us to understand the value adult education has and why continuing our education as adults is important and even enjoyable.
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People should never stop learning. Investing in adult education is beneficial to individuals, our families, our communities, and our country; it can even keep us young. If you have the opportunity to continuously develop your skills and competences here is what you can contribute:
- Ensure your children establish a passion for learning and take a full advantage of education
- Help your economy grow and develop
- Actively participate in your own communities and societies
- Respect and support people with different cultural beliefs and values
- Respect and preserve the environment for the future generations
- Enhance your creativity and imagination
- Live a healthy and fulfilled life
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1. Educating Our Future Generation
Although children learn most of their education at school, they still learn a huge amount at home. If you are committed to learning it will be easier to pass on valuable new skills and ideas to them. Considering how fast school curriculums change, if you invest in educating yourself you make yourself more qualified and able to help your children and even your grandchildren with their homework. Another highly valuable reason to self-educate is that you’ll be a leading example. If your children see you actively making an attempt to learn, your guidance about the importance of education will be more justifiable. Children will want to emulate you and follow your lead, even when they have become adults themselves.
2. Keep Your Mind Active
Exercising our brains is as important as exercising our bodies. Challenging our brains helps them develop and become smarter, it can help us fight any decline that comes with age and lack of practice. Unfortunately, if you do not utilize your brain you will start to forget things. By regularly exposing yourself to new ideas you can reignite your imagination and creativity.
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3. Widen Your Horizons
Teaching English to other languages, discovering more about history, or studying philosophy are just a few of the ways learning can reshape the way you look at the world and approach daily tasks. We often shy away from those things we do not understand. Educating ourselves on these subjects allows us to lose the sense of mistrust and accept new ideas and respect people with different cultural beliefs and values. Becoming more open and supportive can help make the world a better place.
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4. Develop Your Professional Skills
Many of us aspire to advance in our career and earn more money and this is achievable with the learning of new skills and displaying a record of work performance. Your ability to succeed will be more rewarding with an ever-expanding set of skills. Whether it’s a course in HR, sales, public speaking or computers this could dramatically improve your efficiency within your career. Investment in your knowledge will pay off in the future.
Caroline Schmidt writes the blogs for Kangan Institute. She is passionate about education, careers, and giving advice to students of all ages.