60 Year Curriculum

“The idea that learning stops at the end of high school just doesn’t cut it.”

The problem is “blocked learners”. The Center for Creative Leadership claims some 30% of working adults have this disease, or more accurately, career chiller. If you are one of those who think learning stopped at high school (or college), you may be a blocked learner. As I say in my quote above, the attitude that learning ends with school is just plain wrong. A recent NY Times article on Learning for Life, ‘Endless School’* caught my eye. Training adults is what I do. Even my approach to psychotherapy is largely educational, teaching clients healthier skills and ways to look at the world. But I had never thought of a ’60-year curriculum’! According to the Times article the idea of a 60-year curriculum is just starting to form in a few continuing education departments of some select Universities. Places like Harvard and the University of California at Irvine are taking the lead in this movement, creating ‘mini-degrees’ focused on helping workers in their region.

Beauty School Dropout from ‘Grease’.

Why is lifelong learning important? Future employees will have a new job every five years for 60-80 years and every one of those will require new skills. Tammy Wynette kept her Cosmetology license current her whole life, just in case she needed it to make money. Growing and developing is one of our core spiritual needs. We all need to feel as though we are continually growing in some way. Do you have a purpose? And, most importantly, are you learning new skills to help you achieve it?

* ‘Endless School’, NY Times, October 13, 2019, Alina Tugend.