“At times of change, the learners are the ones who will inherit the world, while the knowers will be beautifully prepared for a world which no longer exists.”
Alistair Smith is a speaker and educational advocate who inspires us to think about new learning methods as we encounter an age of technological innovation. Learners have room to breathe, room to fail, and receive encouragement in the form of timely feedback. Knowers simply ingest information and regurgitate it in certain circumstances. What happens if I know but can’t do? Learning requires progress. A learner progresses from simple knowledge to application and innovation. A knower only holds the knowledge in his/her pocket.
More knowledge is constantly being added to what we already know. The information in textbooks, for example, can become outdated before the book has reached its determined lifespan in a classroom. Revisions are necessary, and in this digital age, those revisions are frequent. By the time we feel like we know something, new information comes out shedding new light on the issue. The world as we knew it no longer exists because pieces are constantly changing. Instead, we need to evolve as the information does and be ready to apply what we do know. As a matter of fact, that application is often what changes our knowledge. It pushes the boundaries, rearranges the facts, and provides a new perspective on the world and its workings.
Watch Alistair’s presentation below. It’s not just the fluff of wanting change. It is an exhortation to change. If we know what it takes, then what are we doing about it?