As I picked up my son from his computer camp today he told me that his favorite teacher was the the head teacher because they share a favorite skateboarder and a favorite band.
I know people deal with information overload by subscribing to feeds from trusted people – like John Udell from Inforworld for example:
“ At one time, my RSS intake was mostly feeds from conventional published sources, along with a few from individuals. Now it’s the reverse. ?I subscribe to people more than to publications, and not because I don’t value the information in those publications — I do, very much — but rather because, outside of the realms in which I’m closely involved, I can delegate the job of tracking primary sources to people whose interests and inclinations qualify them to do so.” John Udell, ‘The Network is the blog’, Infoworld, 12 Oct 04 (via simon waldman).
But does that mean we learn better from people that we trust/associate with than from people who may have more knowledge but who have fewer touch points with us?
An interesting question…I wish I had more time to buy a few books on education or sign up for a few more blogs on the topic.