What you learn is not what you apply

“Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.”
                                                                          ― Albert Einstein

Results are out. Students are now stepping out  from their comfort zone and getting ready to face the reality instead. All of them have collected their school leaving certificates which states that they  have completed his or her time at school, sometimes requiring the passing of an exam or exams, and can apply their knowledge in various spheres of life.


But do we actually apply what we learn?

Please don’t get me wrong ; you’ll learn plenty of useful things in school but you need to unlearn some things as well. You think unlearning is easy? Well according to Psychology, you are wrong. Both unlearning and learning are complex cognitive processes. You’ve been led to believe,from a very early age , that whatever you learn in school will make you to face all sorts of problems in real life. You went from kindergarten to school, from middle school to high school, then to college and the acquisition of knowledge or, good old fashioned “learning“, gets embedded you as a requirement for success.But there is a problem.

It is not how much you know; it is what you do with it.

Is learning at school enough? Will my kid progress with what is being taught just at school? These are a few common questions that every parent may have in their mind. Definitely learning at school is not enough for children these days. It is just a monotonous method of teaching. Lectures at school are too boring to hold the attention of the students. It is important for them to learn rather than just study before the exam, write it all out and then forget it the next day. It is essential for them to remember those concepts all through their lives and implement it someday.

Often we find kids asking their parents- “How is this even relevant to me?”. We can’t really blame the kid. The kid is right in asking so because it’s not that they will be using the various theorems or formulas in Mathematics or the Chemistry equations in their daily lives. Usually they are only exposed to the theoretical side of a concept and thus, it makes them  wonder about its relevance to life. Learning at school is not enough because even teachers make the students go through chapter after chapter just because they need it to pass examinations. If only the value of it with respect to future is taught to the kids, they would do much better in terms of performance.



There is a theoretical side and a practical side to knowledge and both are valuable. The true masters of any discipline are capable of understanding both ends of the spectrum. They put in hours in order to acquire the practical techniques while also taking time to understand how those techniques fit into a larger context and the theoretical basis of it. Whether or not you go to school or start working directly is a personal decision . Will you put more focus on the theoretical aspect or do you need more time for the practical experience instead? Only you can answer those questions. Your decisions define you.  However, focusing only on one side while ignoring the other will limit you in ways you may never even realize.

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