Formal education is important to have a base of knowledge and proper credentials for what you want to do in life-- I see it as a key to unlock doors that would otherwise not be available. Much of what I consider more essential learning, though, I've taught myself through a lifelong love of reading. Here's my stack of books for 2013:
This year is another year of mostly nonfiction. Plenty of Thomas Jefferson, both primary material and scholarly critique. I'll read Emerson's greatest work. I'll read a compendium of poems that someone deemed the Top 500 and wonder where some of my favorites are, and then pass the book along to the library book sale. I'll improve my Spanish beyond intermediate and hopefully not get completely overwhelmed. I'll keep reading up on how to parent gifted children without upsetting them or slipping into insanity.
I'll post my Goodreads reviews over here, but if you'd like to discuss, we can be friends on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/7364659-amy You'll see that I run on about every book I finish... so let's discuss! Happy reading!