The @slqotd Twitter project, which offers a daily conversation via a "social learning question of the day", has taken a new twist. Frequent flyers are to post an answer on their own blogs, then send the link to @slqotd. The current question asks for the difference between learning and training, which I am taking the semantic liberty to alter to "the difference between education and training". My take on that has always been that "training" should ideally be aimed at immediate, performance-based use, while education more broadly and abstractly was aimed at some unspecified future use. Here is an ancient little ditty on that topic from prehistoric training lore:
Would you rather have your 14 year old daughter take a sex education class, or a sex training class?
Friday, June 05, 2009
Education v. Training
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And that is exactly how Bob Mager posed it to an NSPI/ISPI audience long ago. He declared "you already know the difference!" - and then finished with that gem!
This brought tears to my eyes! Thanks for sharing such a succinct answer that effectively ends the debate! Personally, I'd like to do away with the word "training" - no one wants to feel like a dog!
Maybe it's time we stop thinking about training and education as two ends of a heirarchy and begin to think of them as equally valid parts of a nonlinear process called "learning". After all, some people get sex education, some get sex training. But the person I want to be with has had a little bit of both and knows what to do with it!
I'm actually glad to see all this stuff, to see that this world offers creativity and ideas other than what my lonesome small town provides.
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