Teach students to think irrationally
By Terry Heck
The stupidity of formal education is a humble thing.
As planners, designers, executors and general supervisors of public and private education systems, we have been given the task of relentless work: overcoming a child’s tendency to play, rebel and self-observe in the hope of providing a ‘good education’. Reading, writing, arithmetic etc.
And it’s not wrong. It is good by almost any measure. Our motives are great, our efforts are remarkable, and of course many children learn, especially those in adverse circumstances, better than they might otherwise have.
But there is also an unfortunate dark side to the formal learning process বিশেষ especially when you crowd 800 people in a school and 32 people in a classroom and ‘hold teachers accountable.’
This is an aspect that can be more concerned with that responsibility than anything else এবং and that means students are accountable to teachers, teachers are accountable to principals, principals are accountable to superintendents, superintendents are accountable to state government agencies, and everyone has a lot of ‘inspiration’. Responsible for action. ‘And / or punitive measures.
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Net results can be a learning environment where spontaneity, curiosity, and student self-instruction are secondary to proper ‘research-based’ literacy strategies for ‘leading children to skills’ এবং and a significant loss of learning ‘childhood’.
It is in this context that I have seen the following video of Adora Switak, who eloquently (please tell me this child was given a trainer, otherwise I hope she herself would have been more ‘child’) discusses the role of ‘immaturity’ in achievement ‘childish’ behavior and About ‘immaturity’, he explains:
“Then again, who’s to say that certain kinds of irrational thinking isn’t exactly what the world needs? Maybe you’ve made big plans before but stopped yourself, thinking, “It’s impossible,” or, “It costs too much,” or, “It’s not going to work for me.”
“For better or for worse, we kids don’t have to worry about the reasons for not doing things. Kids can be full of inspirational aspirations and optimistic thoughts. I wish no one was hungry or everything was a free kind of utopia. How many of you still dream and believe in the possibility? Sometimes knowledge of history and past failures of utopian ideals can be a burden because you know that if everything were free, food stocks would become depleted and scarce and lead to chaos. On the other hand, we kids still dream of perfection.
“And that’s a good thing because to make anything a reality, you have to dream about it first.”
It is easy to take this argument one step further and imagine what education would be like if it could really lose itself in learning and become completely immersed in the content and the community. Criteria? Fine. Evaluation? Better a poor horse than no horse at all.
What if learning is like a child: irrational, dynamic, and in love with discovery?
You can watch the video here.
Concept: Teach students to think irrationally; Image attribution Flickr user Tim Pierce