Learning vs. Schooling LO29272

From: AM de Lange (amdelange@postino.up.ac.za)
Date: 10/08/02

Replying to LO29269 --

Dear Organlearners,

Alan Cotterell <acotrel@cnl.com.au> writes:

>This thread reminds me of a university professor I met
>while studying occupational hygiene.


>This professor is a highly paid academic, working in a
>complex field and influencing Australian manufacturing
>industry. He has no conception of what it is like to work
>in a factory (or probably any other normal workplace),
>yet he is teaching students how to deal with safety
>management in workplaces.

Greetings dear Alan,

Thanks you very much for making my day -- i conclude from the above that i
do not work in a "normal workplace" which might be the very case ;-)
Perhaps that professor was working in an "organisation for information
mongering" rather than a Learning Organisation.

But more seriously:

>I have a real problem with the education system (in
>Australia), I believe the old German system where there
>are 'master tradesmen' teaching might be better. I don't
>believe our current system is capable of turning out many
>COMPETENT people.

That "old German system" is nothing else than the remainder of what once
was wrought in medieval times necessary to survive, the so called guilds.
These guilds were nothing else than the medieval version of what is
presently articulated as LOs! Furthermore, i have a strong hunch that the
Dark Age began as a result of the excessive information mongering which
began in the third century AD. If this is the case, what will become of
the excessive information mongering with which we have entered the 21st

With care and best wishes,


At de Lange <amdelange@postino.up.ac.za> Snailmail: A M de Lange Gold Fields Computer Centre Faculty of Science - University of Pretoria Pretoria 0001 - Rep of South Africa

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