Do not depend upon teachers to educate you … follow your own bent, pursue your curiosity bravely. . . (Will Durant, 20th century American historian and philosopher)

Durant goes on to say, “In the end, education, like happiness, is individual, and must come to us from life and from ourselves.” Durant certainly was not disregarding the value of teachers, but he makes an important observation. To learn effectively with long-lasting value, students must experience life and gain from the pursuit of personal learning.

Let the wise listen and add to their learning. . . . Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning. (Proverbs 1:5; 9:9).