Is “The School of Life" Higher Education?

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In search of new opportunities to learn, I looked overseas (via the Internet) and found an interesting storefront in London, England. It read “The School of Life” and I was curious about what they taught.

At first glance, you may expect this to be a cutely named shop, which in a way it is, but it also appears to be much more. The School of Life is “a cultural enterprise offering good ideas for everyday life,” and they “address such questions as why work is often unfulfilling, why relationships can be so challenging, why it’s ever harder to stay calm and what one could do to try to change the world for the better.”

I was impressed and excited to explore further, and they did not disappoint. This “school” offered everything from classes to consultations to artwork to books to creative services, and a whole lot more. The School of Life even has a large faculty of professors to help develop your personal learning.

Now, this “school” is really for those who have some extra money to spend. Prices range from a few dollars to a few hundred dollars depending on what you hope to learn. I went for a free tour and spent some time (actually, a lot of time) on their blog. Every post I read made me think, made me want to learn more, and made me venture out to find more information about the topic. I even thought about making changes to how I live because of what I learned.

And in the end, isn’t that at the heart of education? Creating a desire to learn more, interact, and grow the way you think, which can then change the way you live. This amazing kind of education can be applied to your own life, your business, and your family and friends. So while The School of Life might not fit a traditional curriculum, isn’t it still a form of higher education? I think so.



Written by: Travis Taggart
Travis is a regular contributor to the Ashford University blog.

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