One of the biggest challenges of the global pandemic comes from the forced closure of so many schools and places of education and I read an interesting article recently about what they were calling ‘learning loss’, discussing the possible downstream effects of our young folk losing up to a year’s worth of formal education.
Personally, I am not so concerned about that. I have faith that the young and curious mind can catch up and I hope that the informal learning of spending more time with parents and elders in the school of life goes some way to compensate. Learning isn’t always in a classroom and it shouldn’t always have to be directed at passing exams.
I do think it interesting though that so much attention should be given to the education of our children and so little to our education as grown ups. How many people have stopped deliberate and conscious learning once our schooldays ended?
In a world that is changing as fast as ours is, it isn’t only cell phones and fashion that dates quickly. Ideas, concepts and beliefs are under a similar onslaught. Facebook has only been in the public domain for 15 years or so and we are only starting to become aware of its often pervasive and pernicious influence. As the internet of things develops data about our habits will be gathered by the appliances that we routinely use every day. In a world changing so fast we need to upgrade our thinking and beliefs about all sorts of things.
Learning loss is a reality for all ages, not just kids. If we are not learning, unlearning and relearning fast enough then there is trouble ahead. What is true for kids is true for adults too. To quote the late Jack Welch ‘If the rate of change on the outside exceeds the rate of change on the inside, the end is near.’ How are you guaranteeing your continued growth?
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