If you want to laugh and at the same time be horrified, check out this infographic on what Americans do on an average workday. Like the blog author, we want to know what the six minutes devoted to education consists of. Right now, I’m scratching my head about what I could possibly learn in six minutes that doesn’t involve peeling back the plastic on a Lean Cuisine meal and sticking it in the microwave. Other than that, I’m stumped.
We’ve all heard the saying that education is a lifelong process. And, education takes time. Unfortunately, too many people think they can be “superhuman” and do it all. Honestly, there is a time and a place for all activities, including education. But, we have to remember that shortcuts don’t get it done when it comes to learning. The six minutes working Americans supposedly spend on “education” could very well mean they are checking in on a favorite news site, watching CNN, or maybe flipping through a newspaper or book. That’s my take on what those six educational minutes most likely are. Last time I checked, a class is about 50 minutes long, sometimes more.
Like most people, I find it difficult to quantify every activity I perform as a working person. Some days, I spend more time on certain tasks, less on others. But, when education is part of the equation, you can bet that I spend a heck of a lot more time than six minutes on it.
How about we re-name the activity? Surfing the Internet or goofing off online sounds more accurate to me. If you happen to be learning something, even better.
If you have a spare six minutes in your day, how do you like to spend it? Really – we’d like to know!