The Fear of Learning in Risk
There is no learning without risk and no risk without learning.
I find it interesting when Safety gets on the learning bandwagon that confuses learning with cognitive knowing and training with education. There is no component of the WHS curriculum that deals with the challenges of education and learning and yet Safety loves to discuss learning like its merely a process of cognition. In the discipline of Education and Teaching it is 101 to tackle the many theories of learning (https://teacherofsci.com/learning-theories-in-education/). In the discipline of Education and Learning one soon learns that learning is a wicked problem (https://thisisgraeme.me/2018/04/17/education-is-a-wicked-problem/). However, when you read about learning in safety it’s about the accumulation of data and a shift in cognition, what could be best described as ‘schooling’.
Schooling is NOT learning.
When we approach the challenges of risk we become immersed in the challenges of ‘not-knowing’. The uncertainty of risk must be accepted as essential to learning because all learning involves a movement away from what is known (embodied holistically) to the unknown. So, in the world of risk learning involves a moving away from what is known and a ‘letting go’ of sacred cows (https://safetyrisk.net/how-the-secular-is-made-sacred-in-safety/) and ways of being that have been attributed with meaning that have none. The fear of learning is the fear of insecurity and of not-knowing, of not being in control.
The discipline of risk and safety is now immersed in zero, the opposite of learning. There is no movement in zero, only stasis. So, unless Safety embraces the unknown and movement to not-knowing whatever it does is not about learning. The ideology of zero fosters the fear of learning. Safety confuses indoctrination with education. Absorbing regulations, standards, law and systems is not learning. Spruiking nonsense such as ‘all accidents are preventable’ and ‘safety is a choice you make’ demonstrates that one has been indoctrinated in the anti-learning of zero.
The beginning of learning is the acceptance of fallibility.
The fear of learning is the darling of zero.
When one studies Education and Learning the emphasis is on not-knowing and uncertainty (risk), the ideology of zero has its focus on the opposite – what is known, certainty and what can be controlled. So, once one has been indoctrinated with zero where can one go? The only place to go once one knows everything is into mysticism and metaphysics, all present in the latest offering in The Spirit of Zero (https://safetyrisk.net/the-spirit-of-zero/). How strange this industry of counting and materialism in numerics than ventures into mysticism and metaphysics to explain itself. Of course, Safety has never studied Theology or Metaphysics and so doesn’t know that this is now how it identifies itself. So, words like ‘learning’, ‘science’ and ‘thinking’ are used as a brand along with the word ‘professional’ when the global mantra of the industry is anti-learning and anti-persons, the foundation of professionalism. Such a perverse notion of ‘professional’ (https://safetyrisk.net/professional-challenges-for-the-safety-industry/) could only be concocted from such a weird ideology of perfectionism.