In developed, knowledge-based economies, the benefits of a “learning society” take on added importance. Imagine taking a class about a subject you always wanted to explore without the stressful checkpoints of homework, exams, or grade point averages. Instead of pursuing a degree, you are deepening and sharpening your wisdom. Instead of gearing your studies towards…

Some critics have expressed reservations about the individualized, market-oriented nature of lifelong learning and wonder if it might even exacerbate existing inequalities. Among scholars, there has been concern that disadvantaged groups, such as women and low-income populations, may face greater difficulty than others in accessing opportunities to engage in adult education. Hsu Min-Hsiung, Director of…