Here is a thought process I had concerning how people view learning.
Since graduating, I've had people ask me, "Why aren't you going to grad school?" I answer, "Because I don't have the money for that, and why do I really need a graduate degree in art?"
Their follow-up question is, "Don't you like learning?" (sometimes it's asked as a polite question; sometimes it's asked in a tone dripping with disdain, making me certain they must think I'm an intellectual dwarf who can't possibly follow a complex train of thought)
After several of those conversations and a bit of reflection time, it dawned on me: Quite a few people around me seem to think that the only place you can learn is in a school.
Now that I remember (assuming my brain isn't creating false memories), I've heard people say things like, "You have to go to school, otherwise you wouldn't learn." Or, there have been times when I was absent from school (due to illness) for a long period of time and some people would treat me as a truant, despite the fact that I spent most of my time reading. Or, the fact that some teachers (and some professors, sadly) seemed to assume that all the students just watched TV all day during the summer breaks and weekends.
What do you think are the ramifications of thinking that you can only learn in school? What can I do to convince people who ask these things that I have a valid reason not to go to grad school? (I do realize that for some careers, you need a graduate degree. But you definitely don't need one for art. I don't think you even need an undergraduate degree.)
Also, what do you think about the degree as a signaling object?
edited 8th Dec '11 3:14:07 PM by BlackElephant
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