From the moment you enter pre-school, you are put into the realm of institutionalized education. Every step from that point onwards aims to mold you into their definition of a spectacular student. Let’s talk about the pros and cons of institutionalized education:
-You learn in a social environment and increase your ability to connect and interact with others.
-Your accomplishments within the system are respected by society.
-You are given a greater chance to pursue a job the in the field that you study.
-Major lack of creativity and expression
-Inattention to different learning styles
-Potential lack of confidence
-Institutional education has an end date.
Self-education is a completely different game. In this world, the onus is placed on you to make it work. It requires you to really understand your strengths and to hone in on them. In the short run it may seem difficult and unsatisfying but in the long run, it can help you master your craft. Let’s examine the pros and cons of self-education:
-Self-education never ends, it becomes a lifelong experience
-The educational style is more catered to your specific style of learning
-Builds self-discipline skills
-Work at your own pace
-Difficulty gaining external recognition
-Will face a lonelier path to success
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein
Some people are built for the institutional system and thrive in it, whereas others may be a genius in a different fashion. The institutional system is not designed to cater to every single type of learner. In fact, it is designed to cater to very few and specific type of learners. Institutional education has a finish point.
Self-education requires determination and will power. Self-education requires you to find your passion and work relentlessly at it because there will be no instructor or teacher to hold you accountable but the results will be 10x more fruitful. Everything you choose to learn will benefit you and your craft. Every time you open a book, you will know that every word you read is helping you towards mastering your craft. Self-education never ends.