I am very grateful that FutureLearn has the option of studying a great range of subjects for free, I could never have afforded to spend actual money on myself! I hope one day to be able to pay to study as a way of supporting them, though I imagine paying to have a certificate to prove your learning can be useful.
I have meant to study subjects on this site many times over recent years, never getting into the flow of actually taking them in amongst the business of life. I started off trying things that could help me with Home Education in the future, but I have found that HE is all consuming in the now and predicting where it was going to take me would have been a waste of time!
I have recently enjoyed a course on the status of Education and changes we can make, at the same time struggling with one on Politics and Economics, the difference being that I wanted to study these things for myself, carving out a few minutes here and there during my week.
I enjoyed the Education course, as I had enough knowledge to get to the crux of the matter quickly and then easily get involved and engage with others. It definitely helps that I already have an idea where I’d like the education system to be going and was keen to share and compare suggestions. A bonus was how international the course was, giving me insights around the world and really opening up my views and understanding.
The Politics and Economics course was very good too. My issues were my own! After the first few sections, my lack of economic knowledge was holding me back, and my lack of extra time to try and plug the holes meant that I didn’t feel able to catch up. I am unsure whether I want to fill the gap now, as I don’t think I can cope with the stress of economics, it seems like a negative profession to me, why do we even want any growth to be so necessary anyway?! There was a table showing how there was no growth before we settled down more and started industrialisation, we just kept on keeping on, improving systems to help with problems and making sure there was enough for getting on with. I can only see the rise of rich people on the back of other’s labour from then on and hate that humans can be that selfish and cruel.
I needed these small wins, however, to feel I have accomplished something and that I’m going in the right direction as I am hoping to start an OU degree at some point and know that that will be intense and need much more of my time.
I feel that these small learning goals are helping me to engage with the world without so much overwhelm and will maybe even help me choose a direction to go in.