The point of learning is not just to know things but to be a different person

Though we often lose sight of this basic fact, the point of learning is not just to know things but to be a different person – more mature, more wise, more self-disciplined, more effective, and more productive in the broadest sense. Knowledge is an indicator of educational success, not the aim.

  • If curriculum is a tour through what is known, how is knowledge ever advanced?
  • If a primary goal of education is high-level performance in the world going forward, how can marching through old knowledge out of context optimally prepare us to perform?

Grant Wiggins via http://usergeneratededucation.wordpress.com/2012/08/19/learning-on-the-edge

3 Responses to “The point of learning is not just to know things but to be a different person”

  1. Learning is about becoming “… more mature, more wise, more self-disciplined, more effective, and more productive in the broadest sense …”

    Come on, learning is about having fun. It’s enjoyable, exciting, stimulating, provocative …

    Let’s at least get the priorities right here.

  2. This sort of thinking is a real purists approach to education. I spend a chunk of everyday in that mindset trying to figure what should education really be about. Forget credentials, forget tests, and forget all that info that we forget.

    What should, in an ideal world, education really be about? Maybe this type of education is really post school?

    Maybe school should basically be about foundation, career, and life skills?

  3. Maybe as educators we need to grow up ourselves a little. None of these are mutually exclusive. Education is all of these things and more. Prioritize your students and their needs, the rest will follow. My two yen.

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