Monday, April 8, 2013

Dr. Faulkner: Values – Learners

This is the second in the series on our core values.  This value statement is:

“We are all LEARNERS:  We aspire to continuously increase our knowledge to improve ourselves and those we serve.”

One of my signature themes is that I am a learner.  I enjoy learning new things.  It doesn’t matter the topic, I’m just intrigued by learning.  Sometimes my new found knowledge comes in handy.  Sometimes it doesn’t.  Wanda says I am a huge repository of worthless knowledge.  That’s OK.

I was searching on the Internet for a quote that a colleague at Cleveland State used as the closing line of all her e-mails.  Along the way I found so many good quotes, I thought I’d just share them all with you.  (The first one is the one I was actually searching for.)

In times of change learners inherit the earth; while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.  Eric Hoffer

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.  Mahatma Gandhi

There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.  Jiddu Krishnamurti

It is what we know already that often prevents us from learning.  Claude Bernard

It's what you learn after you know it all that counts.  John Wooden

We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change. And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn.  Peter Drucker

The minute that you're not learning I believe you're dead.  Jack Nicholson

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.  Henry Ford

Learning never exhausts the mind.  Leonardo da Vinci

Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.  Anthony J. D'Angelo

Learning is the beginning of wealth. Learning is the beginning of health. Learning is the beginning of spirituality. Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins. Jim Rohn

Life-long learning should be more than a buzz word.  It should be a way of life for all of us.  If learning is good for our students it should be good for us.  We are fortunate that part of our benefits here at Vol State is the ability to take classes free or at a reduced rate.  It is a benefit everyone should take advantage of. 

A former colleague did his dissertation on learning.  What he found is that a majority of learning actually occurs outside a formal class structure.  Informal learning through our interactions with others is often more prevalent and powerful.  Add to that the multiple special events and speakers that we bring to campus and you almost have to work hard to avoid learning something.

So, what have you learned today?

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