‘In the future ‘KNOWING’ will be obsolete’ – REALLY?


Firstly – yayyyyyyyyy!!!  Sorry had to get that off my chest.

Secondly, actually I love libraries! So this isn’t an anti-library post…..

But I am feeling very fascinated by the way our thinking will change and so grateful that we have people out there who understand what I believe to be the truth about education.

Education should be solely about ‘learning’ not ‘knowing’. There I said it.

Now I have never bought into the whole notion of students ‘remembering things’ as a form of education. I know there are many other teachers who highly rate the ability to recite something off by heart, to be able to quote the date the 21st President was inaugurated and so on. And maybe there is a place for this somewhere in our lives. But let’s not confuse this with ‘learning’.

The whole concept of learning should be about being in a state of curiosity and questioning and ‘ah-hah’ moments, that all give rise to further curiosity and questioning and ‘ah-hah’ moments. The difference between knowing and learning is that knowing is static and learning is continuous.

The future is going to be about learning only because our world will not let you get stuck in the ‘knowing’ trap. Those people who keep themselves in a permanent state of learning will be new leaders of the world, because the world will demand it, and will demand it at such a rate that anyone who decides that they ‘know enough’ will be thrown out into pasture very early on.

Now don’t get me wrong, I still believe that ‘knowing’ which side of the road to drive on, or knowing what time  your flight leaves etc, are still extremely important qualities, but are these things truly education related? No, they are basic necessities in life that we simply need to know to survive. What I am talking about is educational ‘knowledge’. Knowledge will become redundant because the world will be moving so fast that what you knew last month may not be relevant to what you need to know now.  Plus the only way you will be able to keep up will be to keep learning right from the moment you are born to the moment of your death.

So what do you think?


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