It is time to give up on sleep. I don’t know if its the eight time zones I find myself from home. Or it may be the six hours of my twelve hour flight that I slept and then the additional eleven hours that I slept after arriving in Doha Sunday night. It could be the usual jitters that wake me up before an important presentation or workshop. But it’s time to give it up and start orienting myself to the day at hand.
We have too much information and knowledge. It is creating a false sense of security that we know enough to deal with any kind of crisis. The current economic crisis prove that knowledge in itself is not enough to anticipate and avert crisis. As a group we seem to act more or less as a reactive mind. We rarely foresee problems and mostly lurch from one crisis to another.
Brenda and I have talked often about this mess, and how we should have seen it coming. Our leaders should have seen it coming. The media should have seen it coming. But until reading Javed’s post, I hadn’t thought about this from the perspective of what I teach and promote. I celebrate the age of information and although I caution folks of the dangers and try to describe the literacy skills that a networked, digital, and abundant information environment demands, I still imply that all of this free-flowing, dynamic, and glowing information is a good thing. And I still think that it is.
But Javed continues to quote the SciFi writer, Arthur C. Clark…
I think that information and knowledge are very much what we are about in education. But where is the wisdom and with it the foresight? It’s easy to say that, “Well, it can’t be subjectively tested, and we are pushing the information and knowledge and their accompanying skills at the expense of wisdom.” But quite frankly, I’m not sure what wisdom instruction would look like. I feel so far removed from anything but the workforce preparation mode of formal public education to figure out where wisdom fits in with literacy. I talk a lot about the ethical use of information, but wisdom and foresight seem much bigger than that.
Maybe I’m just too far from home to be making any more sense than this. Today, I’ll just teach!