Council on Ideas
- Learning and education are not the same. All too often educational
institutions, while trying to transmit information and skills, extinguish
curiosity and the delight in learning.
- To facilitate learning we must break down barriers of compartmentalization
- Learning requires much more than incorporating information. It involves
a continuing process of connecting information and applying it in
new contexts. This includes a search for meaning and coherence.
- The unequal distribution of learning reinforces social fragmentation
and violence. Shared learning is one basic element of community.
- Openness to learning does not entail the abandonment of traditional
teachings, but the ability to add, expand, compare and integrate knowledge.
It does entail the willingness to set aside prejudice and to think
crtically. We are not what we know, but what we are willing to learn.
We respect others not for what they know, but for what they are willing