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kain ramsay

Life & Leadership Coach, Kain Ramsay Life Balance Coaching

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Is understanding more valuable than knowledge?

2 years ago I attended a short course in basic accounting.

My course tutor had hugely impressed me with her knowledge of the subject, which if I'm totally honest, overwhelmed me a bit and left me more confused about the subject than what I was before I started.

One day when I asked how I could apply this new knowledge in the context of a new business I was starting at the time, I was horrified with the answer I received.

She said, "Although I am your course tutor and have a wide knowledge of this subject, I am probably not the best person to ask as I have never personally kept a set of accounts. Perhaps you could ask someone else who has a better understanding of the subject?"

Now although this lady had over 5 years experience of teaching this subject and did not just impress me, but everyone else on the course with the extent of her knowledge, we would have found her understanding to be ever so much more useful!

I'd love to hear any experiences you have in relation to this TED'ers

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    Nov 16 2013: Raw knowledge, without the ability to apply it, is somewhat useless. I've tutored for ten years now, and I focus on two aspects: improving ones ability to learn, and improving ones ability to integrate knowledge into their daily life. That is the role a tutor should have, rather than simply bombarding a person with raw knowledge.
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      Nov 16 2013: That sounds a bit like 'Wisdom' to me Daniel!

      Thanks for your input ;)
    • Nov 17 2013: Daniel

      what you said reminded me of a friend who used to say something like :
      the teacher shows the student what to learn but the student determines what to learn from the show.

      the student learns what the student learns (good teachers guide and share in the students adventure of learning) as the sage would say: One can show the door/path to enlightenment , each one must cross/travel it

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