Liverpool born sociologist and Radio 4 broadcaster, Laurie Taylor, gave this guest lecture last week at the University of Liverpool. He is well known in academic circles for his long-running column in the Times Higher Education
He says that we constantly hear about the virtues of education but it’s always assumed that such education involves learning. He questions the value of formal learning in educational insitutions, colleges and universities – learning that is based on acquiring credentials – and further, claims it is counter-productive. Some of his other questions:
How can formalised learning encourage us to think more widely and deeply, when we learn within narrow disciplines and specialisms?
Is formal education the only way in which we acquire learning? (No)
How do other types of learning lead to general enlightenment in our society?
What other types of learning are you involved with?
How does this contribute to your person and your roles in society?
Is university the only place where real learning takes place?
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