Sunday, April 22, 2007

Knowledge

"Knowledge is of two kinds: we know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it" Samuel Johnson quote seen in SL at Info Island II on a poster today.
This is in Latin: Scire ubi aliquid invenire possis, ea demum maxima pars eruditionis est (To know where you can find anything, that in short is the largest part of learning).
A 21st century skill! How important is it to be able to get something or retrieve what you need, rather than possess it? Einstein, a pretty smart guy, didn't know his phone number. It was in the phone book, why should he clutter his mind with it?
There are strategies that students do have to memorize, like multiplication facts. These facts are not known for themselves, but because knowing them opens up other doors. Cramming the night before a test is a useless waste of the brainpower that God gave us. But teaching someone how to do something solidifies your own knowledge.
I so wish parents and students would discard the industrial age schools and quickly embrace the digital age educational models.
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2 comments:

Kim Cofino said...

Hear hear! I just wrote about this the other day. Breaking the chains of a hundred years of curriculum development is not going to be easy...

IMC Guy said...

Boy, this is interesting. It certainly isn't going to be easy moving people into the future!