In the world that we live in today, you can expect to encounter a mix of positive and negative experiences. It can be said that many of the negative experiences that occur are born out of a lack of knowledge and empathy. One could even argue that if more people had access to the right knowledge, the world would be a better place.
The light at the end of the tunnel is that in the 21st century, there is an abundance of knowledge available. Even more exciting is the fact that thanks to the internet, people can be educated in multiple ways.
If you’re a knowledge seeker and have a passion for spreading positive information, then carry on reading. This article will explore how knowledge can be spread and why all forms of education are important.
What is Knowledge
Although knowledge is a word that’s commonly used, do you actually know what it is? Dictionary.com defines knowledge as a culmination of facts, truth, or familiarity that’s gained by insight. As you can imagine, it’s possible to find a vast amount of knowledge on different subject matters. Sometimes, the more knowledge that you acquire, the more objective you can be.
Knowledge helps us understand people from different cultures, ourselves, and how the world works. Seeing as the world we live in is interconnected, this is arguably necessary if you want to live a full and vibrant life. It also helps you be more empathetic to different people and situations.
Ways to Share Knowledge
Now that you understand what knowledge is, how can it be shared? The reason sharing knowledge is crucial is so that it can reach those that don’t have access to it. Hopefully, somewhere along the process, it can also improve their quality of life. When you think about knowledge transference, the first thing that may come to mind is formal education. Although this is correct, there are so many other ways that knowledge can be shared. Below, you’ll find a couple of examples.
Become an Educator
When people lack any kind of skills, it can indicate a knowledge gap. This is where people interested in teaching can step in and help fill the gap. Experienced teachers are needed as they help with student’s growth and development. They can also help develop empathy, which is a core part of emotional intelligence.
As an educator, it’s possible to build empathy as well as strengthen your school community, according to the Making Caring Common Project. Studies have even found that when young people have empathy, they’re more engaged in the classroom, have less aggressive behaviors, and a lower likelihood of bullying. With passionate educators in place, it would not only help the spread of knowledge, but also people to spread more kindness. Teaching is a profession that allows you to make an impact on your students and vice versa.
These days, there are so many methods in which educators can share knowledge. For instance, one could think about using games to make learning less conventional and more fun. Using games to teach people is a way to take into account that everyone has different learning styles. Aside from making learning fun, as an educator, your teaching should have some form of structure. Whether you’re teaching online, at a private class or in a classroom, using a curriculum can help give the information you’re sharing structure. Additionally, it’s a way to ensure key information isn’t left out and the knowledge you’re sharing is well-rounded.
Getting well-acquainted with creating your own curriculums can also prepare you for teaching in a higher education setting if it’s something you’d like to pursue. Keep in mind that if at any point you’ve been considering becoming a professor, you’d need to combine technology and knowledge.
Aside from being an educator, knowledge can also be shared within a business setting. If you think about it, the foundation of every successful business is knowledge. Without knowledge, an entrepreneur wouldn’t likely be able to develop ground-breaking innovations or understand their target market. For this reason, more knowledgeable individuals are needed to share information in this arena.
Business knowledge can be shared by educators, but training facilities also disseminate knowledge. On the other hand, some businesses choose to offer training in-house through senior-level employees.
Types of Education
Now that it has been established that there are different ways of sharing knowledge, one should also explore different types of education. The primary types of education out there include formal, informal and non-formal education. An example of non-formal education would be learning online or from home independently. For example, if you wanted to learn a new language, you could watch videos on YouTube and read books to help aid your learning process and work towards becoming bilingual without having to pay for a course. This means you’d not only be bilingual but, according to CHB44.com, you’d also be improving your listening abilities which is a key skill needed for empathy.
On the other hand, informal education is often based on real-life experiences and examples of learning. For instance, it could be you teaching your friend how to do yoga and meditate to help them improve their well-being. This makes you a teacher even if you aren’t doing so formally.
All types of education matter as they make knowledge accessible to everyone, especially for those who don’t have the resources to pay for education. Thanks to the internet, technology, books, and friends who are passionate sharers of knowledge, everyone is able to learn.
Knowledge makes innovation possible and helps to continually improve the world around us. Not only does it create better technology and better institutions, but it also helps to shape better people. Without it, growing as a human race and connecting with one another could prove difficult.
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Guest Author Bio
Jori Hamilton is a writer and journalist from the Pacific Northwest who covers social justice issues, healthcare, and politics. You can follow her work on twitter @HamiltonJori, and through her portfolio at Writer Jori Hamilton.