All education is self education

“Actually, all education is self-education. A teacher is only a guide, to point out the way, and no school, no matter how excellent, can give you education. What you receive is like the outlines in a child’s coloring book. You must fill in the colors yourself.” – Louis L’Amour

Louis L’Amour, an American author of more than 105 books, held a unique perspective on education. No one can teach you to learn, but rather it is an individual choice to learn.

I think there is an inherent misconception which our education system is founded upon. Educators can be guides but students must make the choice to learn for themselves.

No matter how prestigious or successful and inspiring the administration is, I know that no university or school exists that can provide an education; what a university or school can provide is an outline, to give the learner a direction and guidance.

The rest one has to do for oneself.

I believe the question we should be asking is “how can we encourage students to make the decision to learn and facilitate their growth?”



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