Education and Training

(Originally posted at http://joelnoche.multiply.com/journal/item/12/Education-and-Training on June 16, 2010 1:56 AM)

James P. Carse is the author of Finite and Infinite Games (New York:  Ballantine Books, 1986) which is, in my opinion, a very important book.  In it is a section on the difference between education and training:

To be prepared against surprise is to be trained.  To be prepared for surprise is to be educated.

Education discovers an increasing richness in the past, because it sees what is unfinished there.  Training regards the past as finished and the future as to be finished.  Education leads toward a continuing self-discovery; training leads toward a final self-definition.

Training repeats a completed past in the future.  Education continues an unfinished past into the future.

The book requires careful reading.  (It is unfortunate that my copy has a typographical error on the cover.  The cover states “If a finite game is to be won by someone, it must come to a definite end,” whereas the actual text in the book states “If a finite game is to be won by someone, it must come to a definitive end.”)

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