Fried Training Talk- Vilifying Learning

Published: Friday, June 26, 2020
Updated: Friday, June 26, 2020

I had a conversation this past week with a man whose parents were killed primarily because they were better educated than those around them, & thus were considered threats to the government around them.

I was aware of the broad historical generalities of this event, but had never had someone talk to me about the specific impacts on them.

As human beings with open eyes we hear & see things like this all the time on media (even social media). As learning professionals we will have to pause and acknowledge these kinds of experiences when they apply to the training being delivered (and sometimes even when they don’t directly apply).

In addition to obvious horror & loss emotions, his story made me think about the way some cultures vilify learning. Most healthy businesses want their employees to be as highly trained as possible, but I have certainly had bosses in the past who told me “this is a check the box training, I don’t care if they know it I only care if we can prove they took it”.


It is an interesting work culture that persecutes those with knowledge. Coming out of this experience let me ask 2 questions:

  1. Have you ever been persecuted for being well educated (and how did you handle it)?
  2. Can any company survive in today’s economy if they don’t value learning (and if so, how)?
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