What is learning? If the knowledge we acquire is
not applicable in our daily lives, could it still
be considered as learning? Are unlearning and
relearning necessary? These are the questions posed to some
learners. Below are their answers.
Learning is to understand, apply and implement what we
have learned in our daily life. For me, life without knowledge
is like just waiting for God to end your life. This is because
it is only through learning that our brain works and keeps
healthy till the end of our life.
Rosdy Abdullah (Age 40)
Learning is about our life and if we don?t learn we will
forever remain infants. Moreover, there is no limit to
learning. If we are unable to apply what we have learned in
real-life situations, it is not considered learning.
For example, if a football player practises 18 hours a day
seven days a week as a defender but when it comes to the
real match he fails, then he has not learned properly. He
should realise that times have changed. He has to unlearn
what he has learned in the past few years and relearn new
Fajrin Nur Mohamed Suhaibudin (Age 22)
Even if we are unable to apply what we learn in real life,
it can be considered learning. I have just finished reading
a book, What Every Good Lawyer Should Know, by Iain
Campbell. I picked up a lot of knowledge even though I
am not in the legal profession. We do need to unlearn some
things in order to relearn because we have to keep up with
the times. For example, we can do away with lining up at
the post office to pay our bills, which we learned to do in the
past, and now learn how to pay them through the Internet.
Chow Gin Loon (Age 53)
The purpose of learning is to apply it in our real life. We learn grammar, science, mathematics and other subjects to
improve our life. If what we learn is not applicable, then
what use is it? People my age have to unlearn what we
learned 40 years ago in order to relearn and catch up with
the current times.
Tangaragie A/L S. Papu (Age 56)
Even if we cannot apply what we have learned in real-life
situations, it is still learning for satisfaction. It is a bonus
for our life and at least it could be passed down to our next
generation. Who knows, maybe it could be used in their life.
Muhammad Azmi Mokhtar (Age 41)
Learning is an important process as every day contains a lot
of learning elements which we sometimes do not realise. I
work in a bank as a sales executive and I cannot take a rest
from learning new things even for one day. There are a lot
of changes in the organisation and we have to move fast and
adapt to the changes.
Those who are complacent will be left behind. We are
moving towards improving our lifestyle, knowledge and
career. Learning the module by heart is only to pass exams.
We are paying to get the degree but for me, I pay for the
knowledge as well.
Noraini Jamil (Age 36)
There is so much to learn and even when we leave this
world, there will be many things out there that we have not
learned and discovered. Even if we are unable to apply what
we have learned in real-life situations, there must be times
when we can share what we have learned with others who
may apply it in their life. We might eventually help others.
Sharing what we know is something which we should all
Chew Li Vann (Age 23)