Learning formally is a disciplined regimented process
It's a whole other thing to learn informally
In formal learning it's like having the brain squeezed like a sponge
So that when exposed to knowledge it soaks it up
Learning informally is like putting a rag near water
And hoping to catch the drips and osmose the content.
I've begun another formal learning project.
Naturally my head hurt.
It's tiring and frustrating and humiliating
It doesn't matter the content
The process of formal learning is invariably as such
Because it requires attention and training in a manner
How can new learning be anything but foreign.
A lot of informal learning masquerades as great learning
Because it suggests you are learning a lot
When if it feels great and is appealing
Is probably merely confirming what you already know
Formal learning quickly moves at a pace which
Usually indicates that though you feel above average
You are slow
I'm convinced right now I'm the dunce of the class
I've been at this place many times.
It's called the beginning.
If I don't run screaming from the classroom
I may actually learn something new and alien
And very disturbing
Like a new language
A science or religion or the culture of another different
And strange and irritatingly difficult
Formal learning is work
As playful as it can be for an adult
For children formal learning is play
For adults play is the known with just a wee bit of learning
Added in for interest.
Formal learning is adventure of the highest order
Because it's dictated by the learned to the novice
Set at a pace and in a way that they think is okay