“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”- Mark Twain
I think this quote perfectly illustrates any form of informal and lifelong learning drive. We have what we learned in school. We go out into the world and start building our own knowledge (even while we are in school) based off what we’ve learned, or we learn something completely unrelated.
That’s the strength of both informal learning and lifelong learning. “Schooling”, at its best, gives us a way to learn. We may modify that method to better suit how we work, but it teaches us the basics.
Once armed with a way to learn, we’re able to open our minds and explore anything that catches our fancy.