cliffcoggin wrote: ↑
Sat Oct 17, 2020 11:00 am
GS3 wrote: ↑
Sat Oct 17, 2020 5:13 am
If you really know and understand something you should be able to explain it to others.
In an ideal world that would be true, unfortunately it's rare for somebody to know a subject and be able to communicate it effectively to others. That is the reason teaching is a profession not just a bunch of experts spouting their knowledge.
Well, I disagree. Some people are better communicators and better at interacting with people but anyone who really understands something should be able to explain it even if they take longer to do it. To me someone saying "I know and understand how X works but I cannot explain it" is like someone saying "I can speak French but I just can't pronounce it ". I you cannot explain how X works then, as far as I am concerned, you do not know how X works. Maybe others can explain it more succinctly but anyone who knows it knows how to tell others even if not the best communicator for the task.
If you are taking a civil engineering exam or having a project for a bridge approved you are not allowed to say "I know it is right but I just cannot explain why it is right". No, either you explain it and justify it or it fails.
Imagine a lawyer saying "Your Honor, the accused ought to go free, I cannot quite explain why because I am not too good at this talking thing but I know deep in my heart he oughta go free and I am sure you will agree with me."
Nope. Either you can explain it or you really do not know as much as you thought you did. Contrary to what many people feel, feelings and hunches are not true understanding.
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