What is worth learning ?
What is worth learning actually changes over time and we have seen this in recent times when the once most coveted engineering and management qualifications seem to be completely unwonted.
To appreciate this, it is interesting to imagine a food scarce society. In a food starved society the principle of survival would be to eat as much as you can whenever you get a chance to eat because you don’t know when your next meal is going to come. However in a food abundant society, this principle will lead to obesity and consequential diseases. The same thing holds true about learning.
When learning resources and opportunities are scarce and not easily available then whenever you get an opportunity to learn you must learn as much as you can because you don’t know when you’ll need it. But when learning resources are easily accessible, as is the situation today, a learner has to be discerning about what is important and valuable. Like one’s wealth portfolio is a carefully chosen mix of asset classes, an educated person’s knowledge portfolio is a suitable mix of a number of knowledge assets and skills.
Please watch this video where I speak on this theme about 3 years back: https://youtu.be/Q-Lts7OBSLU
And read these articles on the same theme.
- What must an educated person know? https://joshkaufman.net/what-must-an-educated-person-know/
- The curriculum of necessity John Taylor Gatto : http://www.informationliberation.com/?id=27324
I am sure that you would have your own thoughts and opinions on what is worth learning, especially with regard to children at School, the young in higher education and the grown ups who need to learn as well.
- The usefulness of useless knowledge Abraham Flexner (2 minutes) : https://youtu.be/jRE4lfecw_Q
- The usefulness of useless knowledge Robbert Dijkgraaf (52 minutes): https://youtu.be/atn65fZGYUM