Experience is the Best Teacher 2.0

I was supposed to post an entry about experience (read length of time on the job) being made as an excuse for slacking at work about two weeks ago, right after I posted my homework for Module 1 in Moodle.  I thought better of it because I did not want to make my fourth post sound like a gripes party. 

As I was reading the discussion on Theory in Module 1, there was a passage that struck me. It read, “Although it is often claimed that experience is the best teacher, it is also frequent to misinterpret what we perceive. Tendencies to protect one’s ego and self-esteem stand in the way of making objective conclusions from personal observations” (Introduction to Theories of Learning, n.d.).

I could not have agreed with this statement more.  In some cases, experience prove indispensable when performing a task.  In nursing, for example, you can learn everything about a certain illness all you can but it is the experience you gain from years of practice that actually helps you to become attuned to your patients’ needs.  In other cases, the highlighted sentence from the previous paragraph can also be true.  Oftentimes, as I have sometimes observed in my years working, there are those people who get sidetracked by their position or blinded by their ambition and their pride in having worked longer (in a specific place of work) than somebody else. These people are the ones who spend more of their time fussing about how you should do your job just to hide the fact that they are not doing theirs. Though I agree that tenure deserves a fair amount of respect, it can also become the very reason why double-standards exist in a workplace.    

Now, I shall end here lest this post turns out the way why I actually decided not to post that other post I was talking about earlier. 🙂