As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. So I’m just sayin…
Tweeted by SocietyAnew on twitter:
“Today most education is designed as propaganda rather than information about the physical laws that govern all living & non-living systems.”
That statement captures a meaningful part of the issues I’ve had with our educational systems since I was a teenager. You cannot just accept what they put in front of you. You must scrutinize pretty much everything, but who wants to do that?
I used to think it was my job to go in there, take my brain out, lay in on the desktop and say “Fill ‘er up!”. I got the message that I was the one in need of surrender to become a fulfilled human being- although I never really accepted that idea. Still, I didn’t exactly understand the extent to which it was necessary for me to be an active intermediary between the information being presented and my accepting, or rejecting, of it.
Screening is necessary. It’s a huge task and one that can easily overwhelm me, but I fight the laziness and remember that I claim my right to choose and direct my conditioning to the greatest extent possible. I don’t have to know everything to make intelligent choices for myself. Being in college is a good choice for me right now, but I am not sitting back allowing them to fill me with whatever. I am watching and evaluating the quality of content they provide, and I acknowledge my ability to self-teach and be a teacher while still learning.
We should all constantly remain in a state of learning and re-learning as information is always growing and changing. When faced with questioning the authenticity of information I’m supposed to learn or believe, I find it useful to consider the agenda and the source. Where did this information come from? Who is responsible for it? What is the agenda in getting me to accept this?
I wouldn’t stress out trying to run every micro-bit of info through 160 questions, but stay alert and scrutinize intelligently. Happy learning!