"We teach our children what to learn, not how to learn"
I see this as mostly true. Cultural, ethnic, religious, and socio-economic values are taught to children. There is very little, if anything, from those fields that children are asked to form on their own. "Well-rounded" educational institutes (high schools and liberal arts colleges mostly) encourage a variety of learning...but it's just educational subjects where information is fed to them, rather than thinking patterns and related skills.
"Critical thinking skills" seem to be valued at any and all levels, but are they really taught? And how are they taught this amidst the overwhelming cirriculum standards of the vast majority of schools?
Find out what the teacher wants, then do that well. That's valued by the majority. But I don't know that students are taught how to form their own opinions from scratch, or how to evaluate information from various sources and choose that which is most logical.
A. Do you agree that this is essentially the case in society?
B. How can we increase critical thinking skills of our populace, either at home or in the classroom? What specific methods are needed?
C. If this is not the case, how were you taught critical thinking skills, or how did you self-teach them to yourself?
Hopefully this encourages discussion, because I'd be interested to ehar input.
Our lecturers integrate the teaching of critical thinking into their subject areas. As an academic student, we are expected to apply those critical thinking skills to all our academic reading, writing, listening and debating. Critical source evaluation and analysis is key.
We are, among other things, encouraged to apply a variety of questions to whatever we read or hear. Is the author of the information clearly identifiable? If so, can his or her credibility be established? Is there any reason to suspect bias on the part of the author? Does the source rely on testimony or anecdotal evidence? Etc.
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B. Teaching them how to learn. Or rather, let them learn how to learn themselves. That may be a cause of depression though.
C. I learnt how to learn myself. You know, seeing problems, looking at the cause of the problem, looking at the solution to the problem, etc. Anaylising data, hypothesising it, solving it. Whatever. I do have a lot to learn myself though. I may be the smartest in my school, I may be the smartest on KMC, but I'm still not the smartest I can be, and I may never be.
well doesnt surprise me. teaching has always been concerned with CONTROL more than actuall learning or a passion or thirst or curiosity of knowledge. it is there mostly to keep the status quo of culture, heirarchy, dominant philosophy, socio/economic/political systems of rule and control etc etc.
gcse= crap examination board based in the uk, the international counterpart to O/A levels.
General Curriculum of Secondary Education, or a project and a test, taken at the end of 'high school'.
We take a course when ages 14-16, (but some schools have us start at 13,) and we do work over that period which gets marked and take a test and the end or during the years.
A GCSE in art is where we do nothing but draw as a project, and exam. We take about 5 different subject, along with Maths, Science and English. Art can be taken twice, so can Science and Business Studies.
I don't know that teaching is always about control, just sometimes. Sure, the status quo is maintained, and a lot of that should probably be changed.
But the only way to affect meaningful and lasting change is through education. So even those educators that do nothing but maintain societal norms, if they are good at teaching children knowledge they become part of the destruction of the norms they seek to uphold.
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Learning how to eat a steak with intellectual sizzle
In grades K-12 we have had teachers take us by the hand and introduce us to new domains of knowledge in slow incremental steps. The teacher takes us only to that part of knowledge that our minds were prepared to comprehend. The teacher cuts our intellectual food into bite size portions for easy digestion.
If we go to college we find that our class scheduling catalog details for us what are the prerequisites of any course in which we might wish to enroll. If we do not have the proper preparation then we cannot enroll in that course. The catalogue prevents us from attempting knowledge for which we are unprepared.
Our educational system has protected us from attempting to learn that for which we were unprepared. We have grown in knowledge under this umbrella of protection; however, we are left unprepared for the task of independent learning. Our educational system has left us without the intellectual dental structure required for independent learning.
After our educational system is finished with us we must, on our own, learn how to become independent learners; the first thing we must recognize is that we must not reject an idea because it is not easily digested. When we are not taken by the hand and incrementally introduced we will often meet ideas for which we are not prepared to deal. If we reject every idea about which we are not prepared to learn we will never learn anything new after our school daze are over.
If our response to everything unique to us is “I do not comprehend it so I will reject it” we will never be able to learn new stuff.
Our mothers and our teachers have been cutting our intellectual food into bite size portions throughout our young life.
If we reject a juice steak in the future because it is not cut to bite size we will be eating nothing but that which can be swallowed whole for the rest of our life.
Do you think that your education has left you intellectually toothless?
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I think in our societies (US and Germany), I think Schools don't support alternative approaches enough and they certainly don't support autodidacts. They have such a powerful standing in our society that it is almost impossible to go a different successful road, and on top of that it is not even a particularly good system. I think there would need to be fundamental changes in the schools as well as society to make that better though.
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