Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten. – B.F. Skinner
Every student that has sat in a classroom, especially for a class that isn’t a favorite subject, has had the thought, “when am I ever going to use this.” From basic algebra to Shakespeare, each of us has learned skills in a class that we haven’t directly applied in “real life.”
What survives beyond the classroom, the education, is far greater than the content itself. Education is the learning process, the lifelong process of acquiring new skills and knowledge. We forget more information than we will ever remember, but the process of learning, applying, and reflecting is what’s most important.
In a digital age, where static information is at our fingertips, we can’t lose site of the educational process. Yes, there is value in learning, debating, analyzing, and synthesizing information . . . it is the foundation of the educational process.