7 April 2016
Alvin Toffler said, “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.” There is an art to learning. When you get a chance, observe the learning process of a child. The open-mindedness and innocence that young children portray can teach adults a lot about learning and subsequently, unlearning and relearning.
There are many articles on the steps and processes of learning, unlearning and relearning and dozens of speeches covering the issue of relearning the things we had thought we knew are spread all over the internet and they are all useful in helping to see the world differently from what we had previously thought the world was.
This is an important step in learning; we must be curious, and seek for more knowledge and more information. During that quest for knowledge, you must take all you knew about the subject and throw it out the window and start with a new mind to learn the thing you thought you knew all over again.
Humility is not only a virtue; it is an important factor in learning and unlearning. You cannot approach the learning process with pride and a know-it-all stance made up of raised shoulders and haughty glances. It is why children are a good focus for learning and unlearning because they come with an open mind and humility that will not interfere with the learning process.
Learning and unlearning will meet you at every stage of your life. A few years ago, the slang, “Are you a learner?” was popularly used during informal conversations among Nigerian youths. It was used to refer to someone who is ignorant about something that should be public knowledge. In some ways, it can be seen as an insult, but the art of learning and unlearning is important knowledge for all. If you are a learner, it will not be such a bad thing.