What's More Important in Life: Experience or Education?

What's More Important in Life: Experience or Education?

A Story by Stars and Whales
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This is an opinion piece for a newspaper.

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To begin with, this article is not about whether experience or education is needed to land a successful job. The two go hand in hand in that stance; you need both a proper education and experience in your field in order to get the job you want. However, this is about whether experience or education is more important in general life, and in order to lead a rich, fruitful life which has an impact on the world around you and inspires others to do the same.

 

In the classroom, we often find ourselves drowned in our studies, and so much so that we forget to spend time with our families, explore the world around us, and relax outdoors and breathe. What’s most important is having your priorities go hand in hand with your time.


In America, some studies show that a mere 45-50% of families regularly sit down around the dinner table together each night. And according to a recent study commissioned by Highland Springs, the average American parent spends an average of 34 minutes undistracted with their children per day.


The reason for this? Because modern day life is too stressful for kids and parents alike. This is because their lives are too exhausted by work, school, homework, and paperwork.


Sometimes, these kids (and adults) get too caught up in their school work to really experience life and make memories to last a lifetime. And many of these memories would come not from staying within the walls of a home with homework, electronic gadgets, and television, but in the great outdoors and the natural world.


It’s not about the work experience, it’s about the life experience of feeling new emotions and old emotions, taking long walks, meeting new friends and being reunited with old friends. All an education can do is provide a job and money to live. Everything else is all about what you do with what life gives you.


So, if you really want to look into this question of what is most important, there are two things that correlate with it. There is the natural world, and there is our place, as humans, in this natural world and how life plays out if we don’t take care of it. This is because when a student’s education is completed and they are sent out into the world, the most important qualities these individuals need to have is maturity, individuality, and an understanding of their own self. Before someone can understand anything, they need to understand their self, and if that doesn’t happen, their lives will be confusing and destructive.

Each person needs to exist on this planet in a way that is not destructive to the lives of the people around them or harmful to the planet that we need to survive. So when people go out into the world and litter, put unnatural things down the toilet (because all drains lead to the ocean), cut down forests, and put waste out into the atmosphere, our planet pays the price and the environment is damaged.


Take America, for example, before colonization.


America was a pristine place full of wildlife and vibrant trees covering land stretching everywhere throughout. Everything was filled with the sublime and the quiet of nature. This was before, of course, European men discovered the New World and forests were cleared for fields and fuel. Then, the depletion of the wilderness would help build cities and create one of the wealthiest countries in the world.


So what is my point in saying this? Well, sometimes we forget that there is a peace and quiet in the world, amidst what is now big cities and honking cars and tall buildings. Sometimes you can hear it on the bend of a mountain slope, or the crash of the ocean waves, or underneath the magnitude of a trillion stars. Our lives don’t have to be centered around our test scores and homework.                                   


The point of an education is to develop kids the right way in order to then develop society the right way. Today, it seems the mentality of society as a whole is centered not around the wellbeing of everyone, but the prospect of each individual wanting to outdo everyone else.


And some, when completely suppressed by anger, even have the will to murder their own kind, as if in the 21st Century mankind is no better than ruthless savages that turn against one another and need to kill to survive.


We as humans fight against each other. In a perfect world everyone fights for each other. But it doesn’t happen.


And why is this?


Because many people in the world today just can’t figure themselves or the world out, and because of it the world suffers consequences in the form of gunfire, smoke, hate, and ruin.


Through experiencing life, whether as an optimistic, open minded child or a middle-aged, depressed adult, you need to find the confidence to be an adventurous and unapologetic person for knowing and seeking what you want.


An education can’t find that for you. Putting yourself in the middle of a chaotic everyday life can’t find that for you. Only truly experiencing life can do that. This isn’t to say education is not important, because it is one of the most important things in life. But the thing is, more important than education is Faith, Family, Maturity, Love, Health, and...Experience to apply the knowledge gained in one’s education.


The problems in the world today exist because of people who can’t make any sense of the world and try to make a problem out of everything. The way you mature and grow as a person is by experiencing life. You’ve got to enjoy the journey.


And education is a journey in itself. You just can’t let it consume you. If you allow the number of A’s you earn in school to define you, you’ll miss out on the richer experiences the world has to offer.


And besides, before you can understand what you learn in school, you have to understand yourself.




© 2016 Stars and Whales



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Subjective to the individual.... some polymath's need nothing more than an outlet.

But on average... A disciplined education can be relatively brief and still take you places - but only trial and error over time kind of experience lights the darkness. Education is augmented by experience anyway... the "teaching moments". That being said, stay in school as long as you can. Get a Phd in llama psychiatry if you must - risk less learning is always a good time. I smoked a lot of weed a few minutes ago, apologies for any typos or if this made no sense.

Also, I paid no technical attention to your writing, it may have been awful. But the ideas you put forth are outstanding. I do drugs, like I said before.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.




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Very informative. keep up the good work.

Posted 4 Months Ago


34 minutes...
couldn't really even read past that statistic.
Any resource to that? I'd love the reference.

Enjoying the journey and learning... good discussion- nice jampacked info- read like a newspaper article- what about expanding it- i think it'd be stronger with more developed arguments. -Bacchus

Posted 1 Year Ago


Its such a complicated dance, and I personally struggle with my own spectrum of it, but I appreciate your expression of your personal thoughts of it. What value is in it that; great and paramount. I don't know how many of these writings you have on this topic, but personally I hope you have or will develop a thesis. The world needs more of you.

Posted 1 Year Ago


You need both. The real teachers are our parent and our grandparent. The Native Americans believe. "Grandparent, be careful what you teach. You are the teacher of the future." I believe education is needed. To make us see the world with real view. Experience is needed also. I told my kids. Travel, test life and have fun before going to work. we will work for 50 years. Be young for just a moment. Life is constant learning. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and logic. I liked them.
Coyote

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Stars and Whales

1 Year Ago

Thanks Coyote :-)
Coyote Poetry

1 Year Ago

You are welcome.
I believe that education and experience are both important, because with experience one gains an education, if the experience don't take you out of this world. Great story.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Stars and Whales

1 Year Ago

Thanks Howard! Anything I can do better?
Subjective to the individual.... some polymath's need nothing more than an outlet.

But on average... A disciplined education can be relatively brief and still take you places - but only trial and error over time kind of experience lights the darkness. Education is augmented by experience anyway... the "teaching moments". That being said, stay in school as long as you can. Get a Phd in llama psychiatry if you must - risk less learning is always a good time. I smoked a lot of weed a few minutes ago, apologies for any typos or if this made no sense.

Also, I paid no technical attention to your writing, it may have been awful. But the ideas you put forth are outstanding. I do drugs, like I said before.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Overall, you're fine on the technical aspects of this. I saw a few places where a little rewording is called for ( the last sentence of your opening paragraph), and grammar errors were few and far between. Personally, I think you could use a few more statistics than you currently have; one just isn't enough to work with the length of this piece. Like PenguinEmpiress, I recommend making a few more drafts of this before turning it in, if you have time. You make some valid points here, but I think you just need to give a little more attention to the way you have your material organized, and adding a little more substance to it (ex. more facts to support the opinions and maybe a few more sentences.).

This isn't bad by any means. I've seen a lot worse in my college level English Class. Just persevere, and you'll have a concrete solid article before you know it. I hope my critique is helpful in some way. Good luck with this, I know you can do it! :)

Posted 1 Year Ago


Stars and Whales

1 Year Ago

Thanks so much, that help me!
Your content is well thought out, but the arrangement of paragraphs is lacking. Paragraphs should never be less than three sentences more ideally at least five.

Posted 1 Year Ago


Very well thought! Very true statements. People nowadays forget to live their life for living a life you were taught to live. It is called being yourself and discovering the purpose of life with education AND experience, and how else will that occur? By living and discovering your PURPOSE, and that purpose will come along with what makes you truly HAPPY(without having to hurt anyone)

Nevertheless, great job. :) Keep living!

Tony

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Stars and Whales

1 Year Ago

Thanks! Anything I can improve?
mr8perez

1 Year Ago

There's always room for improvement. I think it is most about being simple, just know simplicity is .. read more
It's a great report to publish for the school news letter, it's quit interesting to read but it's a bit messy. You should read through it, but otherwise its great.
This is just my opinion, so what yo please with it, good luck :-)

Posted 1 Year Ago



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