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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Rethinking Quality of Knowledge

The other day Joe said, “I like your posts. I was there when some of the events you write about happened, and the others fit my philosophy. People need a philosophy to understand what they learn.”

Stoat told me about a study that showed that a high percentage of Marine Corps officers never achieve the same level of responsibility and compensation as their final positions in the Corps. They had a framework for the Corps that didn’t transfer to civilian life.

An IDE (Integrated Development Environment – Software where programmers build code) costs about as much as a car and lasts about as long.

I step in front of education as much as I can. I find I get the most value when it is practical and when it is something I care about.

Saint Bumpersticker had two pronouncements on knowledge. First, “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance,” followed by, “The problem with ignorant people is not that they don’t know enough, but that they know too much that is not true.”

I think we are in a time when our roles and responsibilities are changing at a speed we have never seen before. Think about what it means when your last name is Carpenter, Fisher, Mason, or Farmer. Families were doing the same jobs for generations.

We may be working more hours than we imagined, but there is so little physical exercise, we have to schedule that separately or lose health and mobility.

We have to rethink our acquisition and use of knowledge.

What are the best parts of your knowledge strategy?