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Information is not Knowledge….

March 24, 2012

Last week I had the opportunity to listen to a lecture by Sir Ken Robinson at Michigan State University.  For those of you who know me well, you can imagine I was pretty excited to hear what he had to say about education and creativity.  He didn’t disappoint.  If you have not had a chance to view any of his lectures that are captured online, I highly suggest you do so… his lecture “Do schools kill creativity?” is very thought provoking and provides the basis for many of his thoughts on education.

There were many ideas I took away from his talk at MSU and I have continued to reflect on many of them over the  last few days.  One concept that has stuck with me is the idea that since we are now firmly in the information age – there is a pressure to “know” information and subsequently a pressure to have an opinion about everything.  Sir Ken Robinson pressed on the idea that information is not knowledge but it seems society has lost sight of the value of saying, “I don’t know?”  Or “I wonder if…?”

If we treat information as knowledge, we stand to lose our ability to create…..

Here is another video about Changing Education Paradigms –

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