let that be a lesson to y- (miniature theories)

May 29, 2012

partway between the flickflickflick of writing my CV, taking a shower, hanging up clothes for tomorrow for maximal de-wrinkling time, intermittently procrastinating by watching a highly entertaining youtube crash-course in history and also reading an article about language learning, I had a thought.

a theory, really, that teachers should teach us:

1. to love learning. to be passionate and hot-hearted about knowledge and wisdom and always to be fascinated and curious about everything around us.

2. ways and methods of learning. tools. we’ll be learning all our lives and we won’t have those teachers around to chew things into easily digestible, slightly-stringy mashes for us to- uh, eat. uh. so we need to be equipped and independent and know how to find things out from the world around us. ways to learn.

3. information. facts, stories, knowledge, numbers, how a bike works. why it works. what happens to your body when you fall off it.


and in that order. too often it’s the other way around. this is a theory, mind, since I know little about educational theory and my sole Wikipedia reference citation in this instance is twenty two years of being in the education system.

wait, doesn’t that qualify me?

mmh. eh. but somewhere in between sitting here and thinking always examine the person who presents history to you because they’ll have their own bias and if I ever have children, I’ll make sure they question the intentions and biases of the person who’s telling the history as well as their own individual cultural biases as the person who receives it, between hanging up clothes and thinking what happens if I have children who are smartarses like me and say ‘well, why should we believe you?’ followed by geh, I don’t want children anyway, and also let’s go with ‘believe what people tell you, with reservations (dependent of course on how reliable and informative you believe that person to be), until new information comes along. be prepared to change your ideas.’ –

in between thinking this, and reading that ‘schools are great for teaching you facts, but I wish more would teach you learning methods!’, and then thinking university teaches you methods of learning and thinking, doesn’t it?

that formulated in my front-brain. we don’t get taught ways to think, often enough. or ways to learn. or the reason for learning, which sometimes can be even bigger, because that’s related to loving what you learn. we’re not given tools often enough, just- lots and lots of dirt. lots of ground to work with and no shovels or rakes or watering-cans or gardening-gloves or ideas about how to use any of these things. how are we supposed to make things grow out of this? or dig up fascinating skeletons? or even teach others to love the things that can grow or the treasure we can find?

I’m not sure where this was going. I think this was mostly a lazy sunburst of rambling from the main point. the main three points. which are

1. learn to love learning

2. learn how to keep learning and discovering on your own, independently

3. learn everything else.


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