Dictionaries define these two words synonymously. They are, in fact, very different.
Education is a complex issue1. Like any other human systems.
Complicated things can be explained by examining their individual parts. Complex ones cannot. They are always more than sum of its parts.
A jet engine is complicated. Mayonnaise is complex. People tend to describe themselves as complex and their spouse as complicated.2
Unfortunately, our analytical/ logical brain is unable to make this distinction. And many a clever people, despite having good intentions, do more harm than good3. There is even a term for this ‘iatrogenics’.
- Thanks to my friend(s) who suggested me to write articles on ‘Education’
- Thanks to Derek Sivers’ summary of ‘The Geography of Genius’ that inspired this idea on complex and complicated.
- ‘Want to Help Someone? Shut up and Listen!’ Thanks to this funny yet inspiring TED Talk by Ernesto Sirolli