I’m sitting in MADCAP coffee waiting for my Americano. I began what I expect is a lifelong journey with tea last week, but when one finds themselves in a city (Grand Rapids) with no tea options and excellent coffee one takes a seat at the best coffee shop in town. It’s the only responsible thing to do.
Today I’m allowing myself to think about the college education experience, especially as it relates to being a Suzuki violin teacher.
People go to college for credidation.
Sure, part of going to college is learning skills you will need professionally. But those skills, in many cases, can be learned outside of academic institutions. People go to college so they have proof, a piece of paper, that says that they learned skills.
A problem that arises, of course, is that one could get a piece of paper without learning skills. Or, even worse, one could learn and receive credit for skills that are now completely irrelevant in their line of work.
Another issue? Academic institutions don’t have the resources to tailor their degree programs to your unique needs. You might find yourself unfortunately situated between the scope of two different degrees or hoping to dive deep in a program that is so broad you only scratch the surface. [Read more…]