I sense that there is a general belief that people are encouraged to specialize as they get older. I find this curious, because even while I do tend to study certain subjects far more in-depth than others, I enjoy learning a wide variety of topics.
In search of some ideas about a brief outline of general learning subject areas, I ran across this list:
The areas of learning are:
- communication and language
- physical development
- personal, social and emotional development
- understanding the world
- expressive arts and design
This list is from the Early Years Foundation Stage, and was reccomended for children under the age of five years old. I can’t help but notice that these areas of learning are most certainly important throughout life. As I further into "Higher Education," I am beginning to notice a significantly less emphasis on maintaing coverage of this list.
What stands out the most to me is "Understanding the World." Humanity barely understands the world as it is, and therefore I conjecture that we are all essentially children, and should learn as if we were.
Imagine, if you attempted to cover all of these areas every day. I bet most people cover a decent amount each day without even trying (ex. communication and language + the internet). The challenge will be to cover all of the areas, and a bonus if you can additionally study your personal interest in further depth.
I imagine that a well-balanced person would actually be a "jack of all trades", and those who are "masters of none" are actually more likely to be "masters of balance," and "masters of themselves".