Biography Of Henry David Thoreau 's Theory Of Real Life Experiences

839 Words Sep 22nd, 2014 4 Pages
Today education has thousands upon thousands of definitions which are correct in certain aspects of society, but most leave out the one part of education that is truly vital. That is the concept of real life experiences. The debate of what to be educated really means has been going on for centuries, yet the answer has always been in front of us all this time. Henry David Thoreau amazed scholars of his philosophy that one simply doesn’t just go to school to be educated but one has to experience the world in order to be prepared for it. He lived in a small house on Walden Pond and lived off of the land. He quoted “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” Both academic and real life experiences are necessary “to be educated.” But what does it really mean to be “educated”. In Jon Spayde’s famous essay, Learning in the Key of Life, he explains to his readers the distinctions between the formal education and the value of real life experiences and how one needs to have both to be ready for the real world. Spayde attempts to persuade his readers by using experts in the field of the humanities/education and the “either or strategy” to prove that both formal and real life experiences depend on each other like how organisms need each other to survive. To support his argument that both forms of learning are…

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