Why Practical Knowledge is More Important Than Theory
“Tell me, and I forget, teach me, and I may remember, involve me, and I learn.”
– Benjamin Franklin
Youtube and our very own Google are full of data and information. The data is so huge that most of the people who are seeking answers to any STEM-based solutions would find satisfactory answers on the internet.
But, there is something even this largest source of data fails to cater, and that is the practical, or on-field experience! One can find “How to Swim?” information on the internet, but it will hardly help the reader actually to swim. Hence, the above-mentioned quote from Benjamin Franklin makes sense.If one wants to swim, one has to go into the water and learn how to swim. Nothing will teach you better than the practice.
Fields like engineering, sports, chemistry or music demand theory along with practicals. Students who enter the real market with some practical experiences at their disposal are more likely to progress than those who have earned their degrees relying completely on theory.
This is scientifically proven that if one is aware of the purpose of the learning process, then the degree of engagement and the probability of staying in that field of career is higher.
Most of my school classmates who used to score better during school days started scoring lesser during higher education and in their respective jobs. What could save them during school days failed to save them when they entered the real world. This might be one of the reasons why internships are included as a part of curricular during higher studies.
Here are a few more reasons why one must emphasise on practical implementation:
Your ability to learn and adapt will increase. Experiential learning gets better, and self-learning becomes a habit which helps in the long run.
A student will get an idea of the real world.
The practice would make them perfect.
Plus, practicals make things enjoyable.
Here is one practical example:
Most of us buy vehicles like cars or bikes! It is a necessity in today’s world! We agree!
But, how many of us know how to repair the vehicle? Or, how to do basic servicing?
This is where we lack! A little exposure to the mechanical work would be helpful here, isn’t it?