The Unlearning Organization LO10011
Tue, 17 Sep 1996 17:44:18 +1200 (NZST)

Replying to LO9998 --

Roxanne Abbas wrote:

" I came across this quote in the Honeywell Wellness newsletter:

"The illiterate of the future are *not* those who cannot read or write.
They are those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn."
-Alvin Toffler

I wonder what he would say about those of us who don't even accept the
concept of unlearning? "
-- end of quote --

I do not think that those who expressed doubts about the word 'unlearning'
(certainly in my own case) were not accepting the CONCEPT that the word
'unlearning' tries to convey. My objection was linguistic - that the word
conveys inferences which do not accord with the cognitive processes being

The Toffler quote does not just talk of 'unlearning', it posits a learning
cycle. I use Engestrom's term 'Cycle of Expansive Learning' which seems to
me to better express the notion of learning expanding like a tree's
growth, with prior learning held within and integral to the new learnings
and new boundaries that people reach.


Phillip Capper Wellington New Zealand

Learning-org -- An Internet Dialog on Learning Organizations For info: <> -or- <>