There is a saying, “Not all knowledge is found in book. ” Compare and contrast knowledge acquired from books with knowledge acquired from experience. Which do you consider more important, and why?
Knowledge acquired from books is important. Applying that knowledge, however, is something very different merely acquiring it. For information to have any practical importance, it must be applied somehow. What we call “experience” is largely the application of what we have learned. Therefore, experience is at least as important as study, if not more so.
A book, for example, may tell us how to build a house, sail a boat, or repair a car. The next step is to put that knowledge into practice that is, to learn a task by actually performing it. This practical knowledge, commonly called “know-how,” is the essential step between knowing something and truly mastering it. Without know-how, all the collected information in the world is useless. With appropriate know-how, and only then, knowledge becomes a practical tool.
To use another example, know-how is to “book learning” as the hand is to the brain. The brain contains great amounts of information but relies on the hand to carry out specific tasks. Neither the brain nor the hand can build a wall by itself. Only together can the brain, providing information and directing operations, and the hand, placing bricks and applying mortar, construct the wall.
Of course, no one should underestimate the importance of learning contained in texts. Without such knowledge, we would be in a sad condition. indeed, for we would have to approach every task and problem anew, every time, lacking the guidance that written instructions provide. “Book learning saves us that effort but still is only a beginning. Applying learning in a real world setting is the next, and probably more important, step in education.