Education Or Learning?

Do you remember how many years of your life you have spent on studying? I am talking particularly about the formal education that we go through until we get a job.

I calculated it today, turns out I have spent more than half my lifetime till date, just studying. This blew my mind! However, one question that I still cannot get answer for is:

What should I call it – 18 years of education or learning?

Education is something that is done to you. Learning is something you do for yourself.

-Joi Ito

As rightly said by Joi Ito, learning is you, your life experience, your journey, your understanding, while, Education is something we get from others – our teachers or schools or colleges. Education gives us access to knowledge that is already there and we just need to remember or study it.

As a kid I was always encouraged to study and get “good marks”. Marks were always the deciding factor of who will be celebrated in the classroom and who would be considered “weak”. I never wanted to be in the weak category, so I tried my best to get those numbers. Sometimes, I was even rewarded by my parents based on my mark sheet.

Obviously I did not understand the impact of this education system back then. Neither did my parents.

When I look back now, I feel, was it the best way of encouraging kids and young minds to learn? Or were we just trying to get educated and have a marksheet with us for rest of our lives?

I am no where doubting the importance of education, it definitely is important! What I wonder is, shouldn’t we be focusing more on learning than just remembering stuff to get good marks?

From my personal experience, I spent four years studying Engineering. Again I was more focused on getting good marks and excelling in “numbers”. However, If you ask me today, I am applying zero percent of what I studied back then, in my day to day life. Instead, what is coming handy is the learnings and the experiences I had while I was living all by myself.

All my glorious marksheets with amazing numbers on them are sitting nicely in my cupboard drawer while I achieve my dream from the learnings I had throughout my life. All those numbers are now forgotten, the only thing matters is my learning and experiences.

One question still remains, who will teach us how to deal with real life crisis and situations? Or is it something to be learned the hard way.

Hello there! Thankyou for reading this post. I would love to know what was your experience with Education and Learning? What would you prefer?


  1. potatosandwich

    Interesting question. My personal take is while education is an important base, it only tells me one has the ability to consume and regurgitate information. The application may be a different story. When I was embarking on my degree, I was told it was the blueprint and much needed. Don’t dispute that, but maybe on the job learning could have taken me elsewhere, no complaints though.
    If you want tk learn something then most important education is being ‘street wise’. Learn who to trust and who to stay clear of. That’s my no.1 focus for my kids because if they are street wise then the world is open to them to explore, and we have the confidence they will make the right choices. No point be a first class honours student with little or no common sense or street know how.

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    Hey…..I can feel you. We all have gone through this! πŸ˜€ The future is “Home Schooling”. People are gradually valuing the importance of learning and not education. I will always prefer learning as end of the day it matters how you shape your destiny with your thoughts and not the certificates! πŸ™‚

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  3. tanaka_tkzy

    Sadly our education systems dwell less on equiping us with real life skills and wisdom. Its sad. We graduate with too many facts and information that changes little of tge way we live.

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  4. Joy

    As someone who majored in education and works in that field, I have to say that teachers and future teachers think about this a lot! With so much technology now at the fingertips of so many people, we’re trying to emphasize understanding the concepts and being able to use them to problem solve. We try not to rely on rote memorization, since you can look up most memorizable facts on your smart phone. I think that the best thing that an education can teach (outside of things like social skills and communication) is how to learn and how to use what you learn. I’m hopeful that educational systems continue to trend in the direction of highlighting those things.

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  5. Fen

    This is relatable! Honestly, I regretted focusing too much on grades back in high school because it didn’t really help me much in skill but i’m glad that I was able to focus on both in college. At the end of the day, what’s important is nurturing your love for learning for things that you’re actually interested in. Anyway, this was a good read! xx

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  6. wethestudy

    This is so relatable. I grew up in a system where we’re taught that having high grades will equate to success in life. So, its more of memorisation and earning a lot of good credentials. Now that I’ve been working for a year now, I realise its more important “to learn.” I’ve been building an educational website for that purpose. To make people realise its important to understand concepts more and how you can apply them in your profession.

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    1. Jonathan Corcoran

      Hi Harsh, I would politely like to disagree with the idea that we have a very poor education system. I do not believe that it is amazing and it definitely has it’s flaws but it does help students find a path to what they are interested in learning about or better yet what they are not excited about. I also think that it is difficult to shift education to a completely β€œpractical” education model as students would then loss out on the opportunity to learn knowledge that is needed for higher education.

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      1. A Curious Mind πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

        Thankyou for sharing your amazing feedback Jonathan!!

        I agree! Nothing can be called completely flawed, but, the way I personally have experienced education throughout was all about getting good grades…. It never for once encouraged me to do anything else….

        Ofcourse where I am today is because of those grades, but all I want to raise attention to is that it should not always be about grades… We should also be taught to deal with things like – pressure at work, Mental health etc.

        Knowledge and learning should not be restricted to just books. There are plenty of other ways which can be utilised to teach the same things practically.

        Again this is totally based on my life experience, maybe things have changed now. And I think they are changing, because I do see some of my colleagues talking about the new ways in which their children are taught.


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  8. Nikhil Jacob

    I second that!
    Just like you I spent a good portion of my life, studying but not really learning. It did help me to be where I am today but its only when I started reading and exploring on my own that I understood the real crux of what I had learnt over the years.
    Trust me I read all my history textbooks back again in a few months and this time it felt different!
    Learning it is!!

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