My definition of “HIGHER” education is: A SELF – Imposed (independent),CONTINUAL perfecting (maturing) of your profession and/or discipline through various educational resources (i.e. books, seminars, audio, school, college etc). It is a FOCUSED, CONCENTRATED, ONGOING study. The pursuit of certifications, degrees and doctrines are sufficient, but are all derivatives of independent studies performed by a person or team of personnel. These “HIGHLY” educated specialists turned authors have presented their philosophies, concepts, and axioms to the world and we have universally accepted them as “TRUTH”. However, we must consider these as “TRUES”, but not “THE TRUTH.” Anytime you see “THE” in front of a word (noun) it is considered as a definite article, meaning that it is the one and only. Trues used in this scenario is in plurality, it is emblematic of “MANY.” My assumption is that after much trial, test and speculation these concepts are accepted as industry trues (norms) and are embedded into a framework for us as students, people and practitioners to follow. One of the objectives of this discourse is to broaden your understanding in the area of philosophy , defined as a set of values, OPINIONS AND IDEAS. Many times we read something in a book , in a newspaper or in a magazine and accepted that information as “THE TRUTH”. In this situation two things happen; the first is APPEASEMENT or PACIFICATION. As humans we seem to accept something if it is well prepared (with elegance), sounds good or appeals to our “INDIVIDUAL” wants or desires . The latter is that we limit our thinking to the perceptions of others thus nullifying the ability to think outside the box which decimates our mobility. In both cases our perspicacity (intelligence or discernment) becomes constrained and we fall victim to “POPULARITY”(CONFORMITY’S brother) short-circuiting our motivation to conduct our own independent study and/or research. Shifting our focus back to the specialists: We can say that if you (the specialist or expert) proposed a concept that was universally and industrially accepted as “TRUTH”, it can become published? YES!The point being is that we must be cognizant of what we read, how we process information and how we apply it to our daily living.
QUESTION: How does what we read affect our motivation and aspirations? In a scholastic sense, secondary education is good and is a necessity (dependent on your goals), but we must go “ABOVE AND BEYOND” in the comprehension and perfection of our disciplines. WE ALL ARE STUDENTS AND TEACHERS!!! REALLY, WE ARE. We learn from other’s experiences and we share information with one another, whether it be right or wrong. The fact of the matter is that some of us choose to walk the extra mile while others are dependent on “US”to do all the walking or legwork. Proper protocol causes us to be dependent on each other. In reference to secondary and what some call “HIGHER” education, our textbook, magazines, publications only have a limited, infinitesimal amount of information and these principles started out as “IDEAS” (better know as PERCEPTIONS), but where ingrained in our minds as “THE TRUTH”. The majority of the time, the information isn’t even looked at in its entirety. With this being a major issue, we cannot and will not do away with the old as this is the building block and foundation. However, we must establish a new thing as we are in a new era. So, today I personally challenge you to step outside the words written on the page of your textbook, newspaper or publication. Let our interpretations remain diverse and migratory.