Today in class, I had my students explore the idea that there is a difference between KNOWLEDGE and WISDOM. I had a spirited debate with one student who insisted that they were the same. In the end, he provided the best definition that we used to show the difference:
Knowledge = information;
Information + Logic + Experience = Wisdom
I gave them this application of the definition:
- Knowledge is knowing the difference between right and wrong; Wisdom is choosing the one that will hurt less.
- Knowledge is knowing mistakes are part of life; Wisdom is not making the same mistake twice.
- Knowledge is knowing the difference between being smart and stupid; Wisdom is that sometimes, when you want to be smart, you can make yourself look stupid.
See, I told you they were good.
Here are a few that I came up with:
- Knowledge is wanting to fit into your high school jeans; wisdom is knowing time has marched on.
- Knowledge is knowing you’re hungry; wisdom is not going to the grocery store at the same time.