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8 Famous Quotes on the Art of Unlearning

In times of personal and global mass change and uncertainty we often have to adapt. Managing this change isn't always linear and it isn't always easy.


In this period of adaptation, we learn new ways of responding to emerging phenomena. Inherent to this process and an often overlooked aspect is the Art of Unlearning, a central tenant of instructional design, notably constructivist design.


Unlearning as a concept isn't unique to education, in fact it has been explored in many fields from Philosophy to the History of Science.




In today's post we look at 8 Famous Quotes on the Art of Unlearning: its advantages, cautions, and, ways to navigate new frontiers.



#1 Alvin Toffler: Futurist

“The illiterate of the future are not those who can’t read or write but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”



#2 Mary McCarthy: Writer

“A good deal of education consists of unlearning – the breaking of bad habits.”


#3 Nietzsche: Philosopher

"The most dangerous kind of unlearning. One begins by unlearning how to love others and ends by no longer finding anything lovable in oneself."


#4 Amy Poehler: Comedian

“It takes years as a woman to unlearn what you have been taught to be sorry for.”



#5 Yoda: Star Wars Guru

“You must unlearn what you have learned. You will know good from bad when you are calm, at peace..."


#6 Einstein: Scientist

"You cannot solve a problem with the same thinking that created it."


#7 Sir Ken Robinson: Educational Philosopher.

"What you’re doing now, or have done in the past, need not determine what you can do next and in the future."

#8 Mae Jemison: Astronaut

“Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.”








Best of luck in the process of learning, unlearning, and relearning whether its in the supermarket, remembering to wash your hands, revising your family's schedule, updating your understanding of global politics.