The regenerative approach to education makes an important distinction between knowledge and understanding. Regenerative education focuses on understanding what is being taught, while conventional education emphasizes knowing bits of information. Some bits of information are very useful, such as people’s names, directions to a place you go frequently, etc. Information can also be necessary in order to achieve understanding. However, without understanding how these bits of information are connected, knowledge can never be applied to systems—and systems are the underpinnings of life.
The renowned Egyptologist Isha Schwaller de Lubicz gave a concise summary of the difference between these two modes of learning: “Science is not the same as Understanding. To know means to record in one’s memory; but to understand means to blend with the thing and to assimilate it oneself, as the bread you eat is assimilated by your body.” (more…)