I didn’t have the terminology to describe what I felt about learning as a youngster, but in recent years I’ve come to understand that a lot of formal education is set up to train people to follow rules and regulations as much as possible.
Learning doesn’t have to be about compliance at all. Most literate people have learnt some basic skills that are useful for being able to function effectively in life, but beyond that, we should be able to pick and choose what we want or need to know.
Some of us have been brought up to regard certificates as status symbols. There is no doubt that credentials from some places are more likely to open doors than others.
Application of knowledge to problem solving is a different issue altogether.
Now, I’m aware that learning is a lifelong process, regardless of whether one enrols to do it formally or not.