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Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community
The idea of "knowing where to find it" is more complex than simply saying "I don't need to know it." It's a response to the suggestion that we need to train people to learn certain things ahead of the need, a body of "core know;ledge", if you will. But it is not a suggestion that people do not need knowledge, or that they do not need to remember things. Rather, it's a two-parter: first, that different people need to remember different things, so trying to teach them what they need ahead of time will be a failure; and second, that people will remember what they need to remember if they need it frequently and if they can find it when they need (which, interestingly, is exactly how memorization works, but without the context or interest: you force yourself to need to remember something frequently, and if you forget, you look it up right away and try again).

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