donderdag 3 januari 2013

A very interesting quote

An important task of education is to explain the world. Or better said to make it possible for pupils to understand the world they will be part of. That said, Einstein had an interesting quote about explaining that makes clear how important understanding is to be able to explain:
If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough
If you project this quote on education, it means that educators need to understand so they can explain it simply. But that also creates a few questions:
a. How do we get educators to understand?
b. What is meant with “explain it simply”?
c. When do you “understand it well enough”, when you can “explain it simply” or does that depend on the complexity of the subject?
d. What is that “it“ Einstein is talking about?
Is explaining the same as educating?
e. What is meant with understanding?

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