During interview with John Stankiewicz Real Life Experience will teach you more than school, I realized how we are still conditioned to learn information to then just repeat it to proof that we know it. How in a world where there is so much information, do we still teach our children that finding a job is financial security? This believe has been chattered when thousands of jobs were lost when various industries were wiped out overnight, during COVID 19.
Will we view education differently after COVID19? Will people realize that life is lifelong learning and that each of us has are responsible to learn how to be financially secure? Should we teach our young people how to learn through experience?
What is learning through experience?
Experiential learning also known as (EXL) is the process of learning through experience, and is more specifically defined as "learning through reflection on doing". Hands-on learning can be a form of experiential learning, but does not necessarily involve students reflecting on their product. Wikipedia
It used to be enough for students to spend four years working hard on assignments, labs and exams to earn a useful undergraduate degree that signalled competence and was redeemable for a good job.
Employers used to spend weeks or months training their newly hired graduates, sometimes in cohorts, shaping their broad knowledge so it could be applied to the specific needs of the company or government agency. This has changed, employers want fresh graduates who they don’t have to train.
That means students must learn and apply their knowledge at the same time, inside and outside the classroom, all without adding extra months or years to their studies. After completing their degrees, they are expected to be ready to compete for jobs and jump into working life immediately, without further training.
In the ongoing global drive for efficiency and competitiveness, education and training are now seen as the responsibility of the post-secondary sector, where students face a wider set of expectations not only to learn and synthesize subject matter, but to adapt it and put it to use almost immediately.
Learning by doing
This idea of learning by doing is what is now called “experiential learning,” and though it’s demanding, it is also very effective. This means replacing chalk-and-talk instruction of the past with inquiry, problem-based and project-based learning.
These methods recognize that lectures on complex, abstract subjects are difficult to comprehend, and that hands-on, minds-on learning by experience not only makes it easier to absorb complex material, it also makes it easier to remember. How is our children and our parents adjusting to the new distance and online home schooling? Will this event motivate our Education system to review the needs of the business world and the way they educate our young people? Will this open the debate about what is education and how do we teach our young people to find the knowledge and experience that will prepare them to live a fulfilling and financially secure life?
Symetize consulting use “experiencing learning” processes to empower the people in the organization to find the solutions, because businesses must also review how they have adopted the chalk-and-talk instruction in their culture. To level up in your business and to learn more how your business can benefit from the knowledge and experience from your people email firstname.lastname@example.org
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