He dictionary of the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE ) does not recognize the term relearn . It is, however, a concept that is used quite frequently in the field of education to name the process of learning something again, from a different perspective than the original .
The notion of relearning, therefore, is often used in conjunction with two other ideas: to learn and unlearn . Learning consists in acquiring knowledge through the analysis of an experience, a reading or a speech. The process of learning allows to develop a skill or enhance a capacity.
Certain currents of pedagogy contemplate the possibility of unlearn : in this case, the verb It refers to leaving aside what was learned and then retake it from a different perspective. To unlearn, a conscious task must be carried out that leads to denying the pre-established principles.
After learning and unlearning, then, it would be time to relearn . By relearning, the person change the paradigm and, voluntarily and consciously, he goes back to the path of learning to codify the concepts in another way.
Suppose that, in adolescence, an individual learns about history from your country from the memorization of the texts proposed by her high school teacher. Some years later, the person begins to question that knowledge. Then make the decision to stop considering them valid (unlearn ) and start studying history again, this time with other books and conversing with other individuals. So get relearn that linked to the historical events of his nation.
The same can and usually happens with concepts related to morals and principles , since during our childhood we don't usually have the option of search our own convictions but we absorb what the elders teach us. There are plenty of stories of people raised in machismo and racism who later become important spokesmen or human rights activists, and others who grow up immersed in animal exploitation who in their adulthood advocate the freedom of all species equally.
But a change so drastic and profound it is not easy, or at least it does not seem to be the preference of the majority, as can be seen with the naked eye in society, where they abound young people who blindly walk the same wrong path of their parents and grandparents , instead of thinking for themselves, of questioning their ancestors and seeking new answers to life's questions. To propose to unlearn and relearn, in short, is something that very few people do.
The need to relearn is inevitable if we seek to become human beings with a solid and rich intellectual structure. It is not healthy or natural to pretend that a truth remains unchanged from birth to death; the changes of our body, our mind and our own climate show us that We are part of a constantly evolving reality , and that this is not positive or negative, but simply happens and we must adapt to survive.
When we face the possibility that one of the concepts we believe to dominate is not entirely accurate, it is normal for us to present a certain resistance to believe it and that we try to defend our position. After a while, two opposite paths open: we realize that nothing has happened and we continue to defend our vision; we open ourselves to the find and relearn, after which we become wiser people.
The humility It is a fundamental element to lead a healthy and happy life, since it allows us to interact with our environment in a respectful way, accepting that we all have an equivalent part of the planet and that, therefore, we have something that can serve someone. It is through this way of facing life that we open the doors to unlearn and relearn, without fear of change but Eager to grow and discover new horizons .