Aarush had a master’s degree in automobile engineering and worked on a high post in a reputed organization. One day, on his way to the office, his car stopped working and he got off to investigate the problem. With his high qualification and expertise in the area, he examined each part of the car carefully but couldn’t find any fault. After a while, a peasant who was passing asked him, “What’s the matter?”
He answered, “Well, something is wrong with the car.”
The peasant replied,” Did you check the tank? Perhaps there is no petrol.”
The peasant was right.
This is what might happen when theoretical knowledge is not supported by practical knowledge.
PRACTICAL VS THEORETICAL KNOWLEDGE
Theory teaches us the “why” factor associated with an event or situation while practical teaches us “how” to apply the concept in real life. Practical knowledge is necessary to promote experiential learning and to increase our confidence. The best part of practical knowledge is whatever we learn through the practical way this knowledge remains in our brain for a long period.
If there is a question regarding which is a better way to learn practical or theory? There might be different opinions related to it but in my perspective a blend of theoretical and practical knowledge is a must.
The world is progressing day by day, and we are getting more and more modernized every day which demands a lot of changes from some previous conventional techniques that were followed. Rapid changes in work life, society and information technology have increased the demands for experts in every field. Today the need for expert professionals is increasing, who are expected to have good knowledge, excellent social and communication skills and who are able to utilize their skills in a positive way in life. And this all is possible only if we acquire practical knowledge along with the theoretical stuff.
No matter how qualified we are, practical knowledge and our personal experience teaches us a lot more than those thick books. Do you remember learning trigonometry, physics concepts, author names and all those bookish knowledge which we never used in real life? Stop following the bookish language blindly. Remember Chatur’s famous speech in 3 Idiots? The one where Rancho changes the words. Chatur is so driven to impress people that he doesn’t bother finding out the real meaning of those words before mugging them up. And well, that doesn’t exactly work in his favour. Before blindly following books, you must find out what those words actually mean. Blindfolding yourself and ignoring the possibility of that book being wrong will never work in your favour. You might end up like Chatur after delivering that speech (he gets kicked by the dean, in case you’ve forgotten)!
Learning is not memorizing the exact words from the book. Learning is understanding it and being able to explain it in your words. Rote learning is not important rather than applying it in real life is important. Many engineers who have all the theoretical knowledge sometimes are not able to apply it in real life. Today our education system needs a practical approach; therefore, there should be an emphasis on “hands on learning”, practical knowledge as it will give the best exposure of learning to students or those who want to learn.
“Experience without theory is blind, but theory without experience is mere intellectual play”. – Immanuel Kaut.