Learning is Like Breathing. Life is Dependent On It.

by Jay Deragon on 03/28/2013

learnThe older I get the more I realize what I don’t know but want to learn. When I was younger I thought I knew enough but also knew I needed to learn more. The difference between now and then is the wisdom of time, the education gained and the lessons learned.

Education is the process of imparting knowledge, values, skills and attitudes, which can be beneficial to an individual. On the contrary, learning is the process of adopting knowledge, values and skills. The more education we receive about anything the more we know about something. The more we adopt that knowledge into out lives the more we understand about the subject matter and the skills required to master it.

What And Where Are We Learning?

When we think of education we think of schools. Education is the process of imparting knowledge, value and skills that hopefully students want to or are willing to learn.  So has educational methods improved? Andrew McAfee writes:  Basic instructional methods, involving a teacher lecturing to rows of passive students, have changed little in centuries. As the old joke goes, it’s a system for transmitting information from the notes of the lecturer to the notes of the student without going through the brain of either. In many classrooms, the main instructional technology is literally a piece of yellowish limestone rock scraped across a larger black slate.

The social web has changed what we learn and where we get out education. The process of imparting knowledge (education) is free and available to most anyone. Today, any average individual has access to information that 20 years ago was only available to the richest billionaire. Social media collects and distributes knowledge faster and more widely than anything we have ever seen. It’s a testament to the human networks deeply collaborative nature and shows us the enormous value that collaboration brings.  We are all learning faster, more effectively and as a result learning is now like breathing, it happens naturally.

We don’t usually think about breathing because it happens naturally yet life depends on it. Learning is much like breathing. It is natural to our soul, instinctive to our brains and fulfilling to our hearts. Learning is the air for living and the quality of our life depends on it.

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