What had begun as a subtle intrusion on our joy of summer would reach fever pitch this weekend as my Dad would raise the volume on the distasteful, ever repeated, Robert Hall back to school radio jingle. On the first day of school he would raise the flag in the front of the house claiming the day as a national holiday for parents!
As Summer gradually ends and the young begrudgingly trudge off to class what's to stop us from joining in? A job? An overpacked schedule? A host of other excuses?
Internet classes cut through most of "why I can't possibly go back to school" whines as they enable us to attend class whenever, however we want. Come as you are, sit where you want, no " no food or drinks allowed in classroom" rules. Early morning, late night, measured sane schedule, binge attendance, all nighter--- your choice. Your pace. Your opportunity.
On Labor Day I'm off to Trinity College, Dublin for a five week course in Irish history, 1912-1923. And the really great thing about this is that i can do this at my own speed, in my own home. No passport, no Aer Lingus ticket, no tuition. My God, no excuse not to do it.
Care to join me? Register here, it's not too late. http://www.futurelearn.com/courses/irish-history
Irish history not your thing? (Shame on you). Find a course on French Cooking, English gardening, Italian art, Indian henna tattoos, African endangered species....whatever tickles your fancy, sparks your imagination, challenges you, invites you, satisfies your itch to try something new, enables you to learn a new skill.
See you around "campus"!