Harvard defines success by what the learner becomes

Premeds are not very kind to physicists. Physics is a requirement for med school, and it's treated with a bit of dread, but mostly indignation. Eric Mazur knew that, but accepted the challenge when he started teaching at Harvard.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://peerlearning.is/learning-from-your-peers/
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I totally agree with this. There is a big difference between learning, knowledge and understanding. Without understanding, individuals cannot apply knowledge into new scenarios, and thus something new (innovation) cannot be created with what was learnt.

I have seen this in open-source communities, where individuals learn but feel they cannot work in real-world scenarios or companies.

Their ability to work in companies comes when they apply that knowledge through discussions or practice. It is really a beautiful thing to watch.

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