Friday, August 30, 2013

Crit of article on learning at work



http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130829051025-5973711-5-things-you-have-to-unlearn-to-succeed-at-work

> A big theme in my life has been how much I had to unlearn to come to the decision to homeschool my kids.

interesting perspective. what i thought about was how much philosophy
i need to learn.


> I had to unlearn all my assumptions about parenting (it turns out that kids don't need teachers, they need love).

oh crap. No, they don't need teachers, and they don't need love. What
they need is responsibility. a clear example to illustrate this is
where a parent loves his child, but doesn't think/act responsibly.
what's the problem here? well its not about not enough love. its about
not enough responsibility. which really means, not enough thinking.
love without thinking/responsibility is worthless.


> I unlearned my assumptions about self-management (well-roundedness is an outdated goal).

lol. No. Well-roundedness is another way of saying that someone is a
generalist as opposed to just being a specialist. having generalist
knowledge is way better than not having generalist knowledge. for
example, generalist knowledge helps one learn specialist knowledge.


> And I had to change my assumptions about how much respect each child deserves (freedom to choose what we learn is a fundamental right).

Ah. So how much then? I bet its not enough.


> Now that I've been homeschooling for a while, I understand that the reason it's traumatic for most young adults to enter the workforce is because they have to unlearn so many things from school in order to survive in adult life.

Right. But more importantly, what was learned isn't from school as
much as it is from your own upbringing by your own parents.


> No matter what age you are, the faster you start your unlearning the faster you can shed the weights that hold you back from moving forward in today's knowledge-based workforce. Here are five things most people need to unlearn.
>
> 1. Accommodating forced learning
>
> Gen Y's latest thing is binge learning, where you become so interested in what you're doing that you don't want to stop until you've learned it all.

Learning it all is impossible. I wonder why she would say this
falsehood. Maybe she thinks perfection is possible. Or maybe she just
misspoke.


> But the only way that you can binge learn is to know how to find course materials on your own and choose the sequence of those materials that works best for you. This means you can't rely on someone else's syllabus and you can't rely on somebody laying out the steps for you.

Agreed.


> In the workplace, to create our own value, we must create our own learning path. You have to unlearn the habit of waiting to be told what comes next in your education if you want to take control of your adult life.

Right. Take responsibility for your own learning. No one else can (at
least not effectively).


> 2. Studying for the grade you can get on the test
>
> Adult life doesn't give letter grades. Sometimes adult life gives promotions or if you're good at sales you might win a trip to Hawaii for your family, but in general, the reward of adult life is being able to find a path that's good for you and put yourself on it. There's no letter grade for that because the only person who can judge whether it's a good path or not is you.

Ya grades are stupid.


> The act of making decisions independent of letter grades is completely opposite to everything that school stands for, because if you're doing work that is separate from earning an A, then you're completely uncontrollable in the classroom as you start losing the need to even show up to the classroom.

lol. btw people like Einstein and Newton got bad grades in school
(like in math). Do you know why? Because the stuff they were learning
in school was wrong. Their ideas were better. So they got failing
grades because they didn't regurgitate what their teachers wanted them
to regurgitate.


> So school teaches you that you should study what's on the test. Work is the opposite. What matters will never be on the test.

Right. Btw, in physics class in college, what we did during class and
homework was not like what's on the test. The test was there to test
our understanding of the principles, not to test our ability to shove
numbers into a formula with a calculator. so we had problems on the
test that were nothing like the problems during class or homework. I
remember non-physics (engineering ones) students complaining about
that -- basically blaming the professor for not telling them exactly how to
do the problems on the test. So bad.

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