Back from a tour de force of the American South, I am struck by the issue of learning from lessons and tests. The matrix goes something like this:
1. When in school or other entities intended to “teach” us things (such as military training for young officers), we are presented lessons and then tested on the lesson.
Have we absorbed and retained the learning?
2. Often in life — business, families, military — we are tested first and from that testing we must learn a lesson.
Do we absorb and retain the learning?