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Formal Education vs. Experience Paper

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In the narrative essay “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Football” by Felisa Rogers she explains to us the process from hating sports to loving football. She talks about how she disliked for playing sports from little. Her family never cared much for sports, the game was never on at their house and Felisa didn’t know the difference between Carl Jung and Carlos Castaneda. Even in school, Felisa ignored sports completely until she met her husband Rich. Rich liked to talk about football with Felisa and she didn’t like to listen at all at first, but Felisa noticed that football inspired Rich after a while and she started listening to Rich when he talked about football. Even though Felisa still didn’t really understand football, but she was learning, she was not only learning about football but also learning about how to communicate with her husband. Felisa learned this through experience and not a formal education. After Felisa noticed football fandom gives Rich something to talk about with huge segments of the population, something he actually finds interesting, she started to ask question about football to Rich, “So wait, the team has four chances to advance the ball 10 yards? And they’re heading toward the opponents’ end zone (Rogers 4)?” And Rich seemed to spend fewer hours staring into the abyss. They tried to communicate more, listen and understand each other. In considering this, one could ask if the best or necessary learning happens through experience or through formal education? First, it is useful to provide context for this essay. In dictionary Merriam Webster, “learning” is the activity or process of gaining knowledge or skill by studying, practicing, being taught, or experiencing something, which means that people obtain knowledge not only from textbooks or formal education but also study during experiences. From
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Enhancing Education, “Formal education” is classroom-based, provided by trained teachers, which means people going to school normally, from elementary school until college to acquire knowledge from textbook or taught by teachers. And “experience” happens outside the classroom, in after-school programs, community-based organizations, museums, libraries, or at home, which means that people learning from what he or she actually undergoes, like Felisa learned how to communicate with her husband during her marriage with Rich. It is best or necessary learning to prepare for one step up to society through formal education than experience. In other words, it is preferable learning from formal education to experience. In this case, I mean formal education as college education. I mean experience as the life of high school graduates who give up to attend college. The idea of preparing one better through formal education than personal experience can be seen in the “Top 10 benefits of a college degree” by Elizabeth Fuller. In this article, she claims 10 reasons to attend to college, including people will get “higher job satisfaction, more benefits, increase earning potential (Elizabeth 3).”
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  • Fall '13
  • Frederick
  • formal education

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