Continuing education with compulsion?
27 billion euros can be German Company cost the training of their employees in the year. A good part of it could just as well spend it on lollipops. Because the usual training measures bring little.
For human brains they are as attractive as the term sounds - education as a coercive measure. But people learn very well when they can decide for themselves what they are learning. If you have the fool's freedom to try new things. This is how lifelong learning makes sense.
But where is the core of the problem? Lifelong learning and continuing education are often used keywords: especially in times of crisis, it is summoned, indeed demanded by employees and the self-employed.
What is lifelong learning
Lifelong learning is the ability and, above all, the flexibility to adapt to the changing needs of the labor market by expanding their knowledge and skills.
However, the training measures with which the new competences are to be learned seldom fulfill what they promise. A bit of polemic is needed - because we need a new approach and a discussion about new forms of continuing education.
That is how our brain learns
The thesis of lifelong learning is not wrong: Brain researchers and neurobiologists have now found out that one not only learns in childhood, but actually constantly:
All experiences and experiences influence the activity of our genes and alter the neuronal architecture of our brain. And the quickest way to do that is to understand, complete or correct actions - in other words, to learn creatively.
Because the nerve cells of our thinking apparatus are permanently recombined depending on the influences of our environment. The technical term for this is neuroplasticity. Although, in younger people, such interconnections are faster than older ones.
But with age the experience grows. And the more you already know, the better you can combine new content with already existing knowledge. That's the advantage that the older generation has in learning. Lifelong learning is good if you can do it self-determined.
Why training is meaningless
Unfortunately, this is not the case as vocational training usually takes place. It is often anything but creative and promotes time rather than learning. A pretty old fashioned idea!
Problematic is already the conceptuality with which the word training in the general language jargon is often surrounded - it shows treacherously on how to imagine training: Namely controllable!
Companies develop company-specific, strategic continuing education concepts. The employment agencies put the unemployed in training and further education measures. And the state promotes the whole thing with education checks and education vouchers.
It is no coincidence that such and similar vocabulary have found their new home just in the field of continuing education: Further training obviously has to be planned in accordance with the standards, so that it leads to success. It must be prescribed as a coercive measure so that people even participate.
As free as possible
It should cost nothing, neither sweat nor effort, and certainly no money. Therefore, is paid with checks and vouchers - fast and painless. Also the approach behind many further training courses, at first glance obvious, is not uncommon when looking more closely: Continuing education is especially fit for the career.
"Sure!", We say well and take part in theCourses that our boss or the employment agency serves - because apparently can only make a career or even find a job, who continues to educate. After that, whether the course really brings something to its participants is often not asked.
The concrete benefit is missing!
This is fatal, however: whoever should learn or have to learn something, because it is supposed to be good for his career, but he can not use it at work, is often not motivated to learn properly.
It's like having a biorhythm and a particularly productive morning in a time management course for someone who works mainly at night shifts: the real benefit is missing - an abstract goal "somehow good for a career" is not enough. And so training is everything, just not good for the career.
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