Saturday, May 24, 2008

On learning

If learning is genuinely a lifelong process, then the notion that we first receive an education and then when that is finished begin practicing is blown apart. In my own profession, ministry, there are some for whom that might be a surprise; we've too long been satisfied with the idea that one goes to seminary/theological college, 'receives' an education, then goes out to become a practitioner, to 'use' that education.

We are (properly) always learning and practicing; indeed, it seems that they are not actually discrete moments at all but merely different perspectives on the same moment. This suggests in part that the best formal education will be a matter of learning to learn (and being open to curiosity and wonder) rather than simply conveyance of information: it will encourage lifelong learning and sharing of that learning.

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Blogger ::aaron g:: said...

Great stuff.

Sounds just like John Dewey!

Sunday, July 20, 2008 6:18:00 AM  

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