I received a few e-mails after I posting about the ‘The big self-education project’ from a few readers who said that successfully learning so much on my own is almost impossible and that I’m at a great disadvantage for not going to university. These readers had my best interest at heart and I appreciate their concern.
Learning everything on your own is difficult. Extremely difficult.
But I have to ask this question:
Does self-education really exist?
That might sound like a strange question, but honestly think about it.
What have you learned without assistance?
I know I haven’t learned much on my own, if anything.
When I go to the gym I learn from those with more experience.
When I search google I rely on information published by others.
When I read a book the author presents me with new facts and ideas.
When I study languages I have friends who correct my mistakes.
As I learn to draw I’ll be guided by other artists.
As I learn to program I’ll seek wisdom from other programmers.
I agree that learning on your own can be difficult, but I don’t agree that means you need university.
Why do we ‘need’ University when the world is a bigger classroom with teachers around every corner? We don’t.