Is there any age limit for education? What is the best AGE ??

@aliasad (1567)
Pakistan
May 13, 2007 2:20pm CST
The need and importance of education is beyond any discussion :) Well, in countries where the literacy level is very low, it is equally important to educate the elders like the youngster! Do you think that education must be compulsory for all without the age limit? If age factor is there, What should be an age limit for education?
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@Evacuee (1149)
13 May 07
Yes I do think that education should be compulsary but only to the age of 16 perhaps then a young person should be able to decide his/her own education. But I cannot really express an opinion on present day education having left school in 1947, but since that time I have found that one gets educated in life matters every day. If you are talking about education to be able to carry out a form of work or business then I believe in going to a class and become a pupil to learn as much about the job you are going to do for the rest of your life. Voluntary education is a good thing too as one can swot up on almost anything these days with evening classes (in the UK) and I have attended many different ones over the years. Also the Internet has many websites where one can study on a particular subject. So it goes without saying that one needs education and its a great shame that some countries of the world have leaders who deprive their many citizens of the opportunity of being educated. Education brings wealth to any country.
@aliasad (1567)
• Pakistan
14 May 07
You have very nicely summarized the need and importance of education. It is an on going process and one can go as long as he can. Surely if literacy rate increases it would contribute in a country's progress a lot. Thanks for your kind input here.
@gabs8513 (48717)
• United Kingdom
13 May 07
No I do not believe there is an age limit at all As long as someone wants to educate themselves and they think they can do it then let them We never stop learning in Life anyway we always learn something new
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@shak143 (1280)
• India
13 May 07
Education is improtant in ones life to understand this world and to leave a better life.As per me there is no limit for education like you can't go ahead after this age.
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• United States
13 May 07
I think that education is important I think that lifeskills are need as well as education. I think once children are in their high school years they should be introduce to lifeskills before heading to college. I think that it should continue into college so that when they hit the job market they will have both education and experience to make them well rounded.
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@ESKARENA1 (18299)
13 May 07
to me education is a life-long process and should be encouraged at any age. There are no limits to the age that someone can benefit from education, my oldest student taking a first degree was 87 blessed be
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@magica (3710)
• Bulgaria
13 May 07
There is no best age.I think that if somebody wants and has the possibility to study, it`s never too late to do it.It will be a bit little confusing, of course, but it`s more important to improve yourself. The only obstruction here can be lack of money and lack of health.
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• Philippines
14 May 07
I think there shouldn't be a limit to education. The lack of money and time is a major factor which obstruct a lot of people to pursue their education. And if they were not given the chance for an formal eduction. I think life itself is a continuous process of learning. We just have to know how to make the most it and to learn the positive things, it offers us.(^^,)
@aliasad (1567)
• Pakistan
15 May 07
O yes, this is also a valid point! Affordability is also the reason behind all. Then surely when one attains affording capacity, he can continue the education. But mostly people ignore and they remain a bit contended :( Isn't it? Thanks for response too.
• Philippines
15 May 07
Very well said too Aliasad. When some reaches financial stability, they view education as a not very important thing to acquire anymore. Because they have been successful already without it. So they might think why should they study further. Some also, with the same thinking and good hearts convey their blessings in scholarships for others to study. And the fulfillement of education is achieved for them tru other persons. But definitely age shouldn't be a barrier for studying. (^^,)
@aliasad (1567)
• Pakistan
16 May 07
Offering scholarships to those who cannot afford the fee is also a hard task for an individual eventhen. I know some tycoons who do so even they are not much educated but running welfare trusts :) Thanks for good discussion!
@arkaf61 (10883)
• Canada
14 May 07
There should never be an age limit for education. SPecially as you say in countries where the literacy level is low, there is a crucial need to try and educate people beyond the general idea of education. I worked with adults in a literacy project in Portugal and it was one of the most rewarding things I did in my life. we can learn at any age, and providing the means for this at any age is very important.
@aliasad (1567)
• Pakistan
14 May 07
Hmmm education project in Portugal . Well you can better understand the reality and the discussion topic! Thanks for your kind words here.
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@arkaf61 (10883)
• Canada
14 May 07
FAOJ was working with it and I was working with FAOJ so it was just some other project at first, but once I started it became much more than that. I worked on it on and off in a period of 3 years and it was extremely rewarding. There is still a big need for adult education and this need is not addressed as much as it should. ALthough a lot is still needed in terms of literacy and childhood education, at least something is being done. But literacy for the adult population is hardly addressed in many countries.
@aliasad (1567)
• Pakistan
15 May 07
Yes, you are right adult education is much important! Thanks for further comments :)
@easy888 (10405)
• Australia
14 May 07
Hello,aliasad,I think there should not be any age limit for education,everyone should have the right to learn and being educated,life is a continous learning process and we keep understanding ourself. In the USA, there was a 95 years old woman who just graduated in the university,she told people she still got huge motivation to study. Everyone should have the ability to learn no matter how old they are if they want,but it is hard for education to be compulsory as if one has lost motivation,we cannot force them to study.
@aliasad (1567)
• Pakistan
15 May 07
Hi Easy! yes life is continuous process of learning. We, everytime learn from each other and the urge to learn is great. Well, I have also seen that graduate old lady. Very much inspiring! Thanks for response
@camar_lyn (1028)
• Singapore
13 May 07
I don't think there should be an age limit to education. AND education to me means KNOWLEDGE. What ever a person doesn't know and wish to know that means he wants to gain NEW knowledge. Therefore, a person can gain KNOWLEDGE anywhere at anytime AND it shouldn't be depended on a person's age. But i think you are referring to lectures, thesis, decitations and tutorials etc.. because you did say 'in countries where literacy is very low'. Or it may be just a classroom setting. When you have to teach the elders, it is best to do it in a way they would understand easily. Teaching the elders like they are kids in kindergarten might not be the proper way because some elders mioght feel belittled by the approach. Good topic aliasad! - Lyn
@aliasad (1567)
• Pakistan
14 May 07
Yes, you are right that the methodology for teaching the elders must be different unlike the kinder garten! Thanks for appreciation!
@youdontsay (3503)
• United States
13 May 07
Just saw on our t.v. news a story of a 95 year old woman graduating from college. So we are never too old to learn. But I don't know about making it compulsory for adults to go to school. I think we need to motivate people to want to learn and make it accessible for them. But not everyone learns the same way. Academics are not the only way to learn, so I wouldn't limit "schooling" to books and academic facts. Adults usually learn more by doing than by books. I do think school should be compulsory for children until they achieve an eighth grade level of reading, writing, and math. After that they could have more choices for education beyond books. And eventually all adults would be able to read, write, and do basic math. And those who wish to achieve more should have access to it.
@aliasad (1567)
• Pakistan
14 May 07
Nice! I have seen the same news :) and that was the basic idea before this topic. Thanks for response too.
@gberlin (3836)
16 May 07
There should never be an age limit for someone to have a chance to learn.
@bindishah (2062)
• India
14 May 07
I dont think age and education should be correlated at all. It is something that should be open for people of all ages who have the yerning to learn more.Educaytion paves the pth to a better tommorrow and so should be imparted without any age bias of any kind.
@lafavorito (2970)
• Philippines
14 May 07
There is absolutely no age limit for education, life is a learning process and as we age we learn new things everyday. I once started a discussion about a 95 year old woman who gratuated college this May 2007, she's very inspirational because of her determination to learn more even with her age.
@jennybianca (12915)
• Australia
14 May 07
I believe learning should stasrt from 6 weeks of age. I started reading to my baby when she was that age. She would stare at the pictures mesmerised. Children go to school here at age 5 years, & can't leave until age 17 years. Then there is University or Tafe. People can learn throughtout their life, by going to community courses, learning online or correspondance courses. Education should be available to all children in all countries. Older people in counties where illiteracy is common, should be allowed to attend adult classes, but it should not be compulsory for them.
• Philippines
14 May 07
I think there is no age limit in education because it is a continuous process...
@tinamwhite (3255)
• United States
14 May 07
I do not feel a necessity for a age limit on education....well, I do not want young adults...like 20 year olds going to the same public high schools with teenagers....since most teens graduate from high school by the age of 17-18-19....I do not see a need to limit ages in higher education facilities...like colleges. In other countries where there is not as much structure in the education systems I can see where this might not be as big an issue as it would be here in the USA.
@nilzerous1 (2435)
• India
14 May 07
Education has two distinguished channel - formal and informal; in both cases - there is no question of setting an age limit so far as learning is concerned. We should be eager to learn as much as we can - both in formal and informal way irrespective of our age. But if you think of jobs and careers as the basic motive of education, then, you can't afford to start it at a belated age. The ideal one is to finish your university degree by 21-23. Hope this helps you.
• India
14 May 07
I think for education there is no age limit. In my place a Doctor is he is in his 80s now also he is doing research in plants. So i think there is no age limit for education if our mind is young and we can concentrate on the certain subject okay we can study up to what ever age may. i think for education willing is the main problem if you are willing to do study okay we can do that
@happymom1 (1179)
• United States
14 May 07
Well for me no limitation to educate or learn something. Thats what you said beyond discussion.