Knowledge vs Wisdom

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:

My kids were pretty good at coming up with their own.  I wish that I could claim to be as smart as them; here are the highlights:
  • 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.
  • Knowledge is knowing you can run 13.1 miles; wisdom is not doing it after drinking a prune smoothie.

7 thoughts on “Knowledge vs Wisdom

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  2. To share the simplest and best explanation I’ve heard (and sorry for not remembering where I heard it).
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit, wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad.

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