“Life is a Journey” Vs. “Life is a Battle”

English 100 – Effective College English I
Prof. Stef Donev
April 20, 2012


















Adult Education

Mortimer J. Adler makes many points in “Adult Education”, that gives

understanding of what being educated is. Not only does Adler claim that wisdom and

maturity is gained later on in life, but is also determined with the life

experiences that one surpasses and goes through. There are some strong points that Adler

states, but there are quite a few of them I completely disagree on myself. In one of

Adler’s statements, he informs that even though you have a high school diploma or

degree, they are not educated. Part of the matter why I agree on this, is for the reason

that when people finish any type of schooling, they are handed a paper perceiving that

they graduated but are still in my opinion, not “educated.” Therefore, this still does not

give them a level of maturity that most people have. It all depends on one’s life

occurrences that determines their level of maturity.

Adler states many things I can definitely agree upon. He explains in “We all

know, and no one can deny, that no child- in school or at the moment of graduation is an

educated person” (59) , that even though you graduate or earn a degree, it does not

automatically signify that you are ‘educated’. For the reason being, he is saying this

because there are more things to learn in life and things that one will experience as life

goes on. Adler also clarifies that just because you have finished what you have been

striving for in school, there are still things that one has not been educated with even after

you have accomplished schooling.

When Adler speaks of “I do not care what their chronological age is, whether

it is fifteen or twenty-two. If they are still within the walls of a school, college, or


university, they are children. They are living a protected, and in many ways an

artificial life” (61) he strongly informs us this, for the reason being that children are

still dependent amongst their parents or guardians. They are provided shelter,

clothes, and still are kept from the cruel reality of what the world has to offer them.

Adler’s sayings are meaning that you have not yet experienced the level of maturity

that older individuals have gone through. Therefore, people that are in school,

graduated or individual’s that have earned a degree still lack life experience. I agree

with this because, I still have not yet faced or experienced the harsh life after

schooling, noting that I still am in school myself. I also correspond to the fact that we

all can’t mature without aging. He says this in, “We cannot be mature without being

aged, and aged through pain and suffering and grief. This kind of suffering, children

are spared, but they pay a price for being spared it. I also agree on the fact that we

all can’t mature without aging. They remain immature, irresponsible, and unserious,

in the basic sense of the world.” (61) I completely disagree that they won’t remain

irresponsible and unserious as Adler addressed, but will eventually overcome them

as life goes on. An example of what some people lack experience in are having

children, getting married, paying bills, going to work, having someone dependent on

one another. These are the experiences that help you mature. “aging is part of what

makes us mature.” (61), which Adler states in the article. Some may agree, and some

may not but that’s how life is, in my opinion.

The unremitting process of a learning experience that Adler tries to portray,

is one of the main and strongest points in all of this article. It takes a great number


of years to gain wisdom. Even after school there are many things that people will

encounter in life to gain the knowledge needed. But even though the years you take

for reaching a proper education won’t be as needed, it will take years to

accommodate intelligence or be wise and that is the most important thing. Knowing

that the education learned, it will still become an impact later on in life. I feel as