Resolving to Become a Lifelong Learner

Many of us use the turning of a new year to set our personal intentions, reevaluate our priorities, spark motivation, or set goals. For teachers, parents, and students, the new year also brings a chance to set academic or professional milestones, aspire to new heights, and adjust the jaded end-of-the-year attitude to a positive outlook for the year ahead.

Between my company blogs at and here at the Carol J. Carter blog, we’ve posted hundreds of blogs filled with tips for teachers, students, parents, and professionals. Why so many blogs? We believe that learning is lifelong; that the teacher, the parent, the executive must remain the student in some capacity. Consider the following quotes:

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

- William Butler Yeats

“We have to abandon the idea that schooling is something restricted to youth. How can it be, in a world where half the things a man knows at 20 are no longer true at 40 — and half the things he knows at 40 hadn’t been discovered when he was 20?”

- Arthur C. Clarke

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”

- Attributed to Alvin Toffler

How could reigniting a desire for learning change how you spend the next year? What practices could you add to your resolutions list that would model the importance of being a lifelong learner for your children or other people in your life? Here is a round-up of the most popular articles that inspire and support new beginnings from our LifeBound blogs.

Blogs for a Strong Start

If you didn’t accomplish everything you had hoped for in 2012, remember learning is lifelong and to err is human. In the words of Henry Ford: “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”

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