I really enjoyed this reading, and had a hard time choosing what to write about for that reason, which is a wonderful problem to have! I ended up relating the most with the quote, “The system of tensions and defenses it creates in the student’s personality are unrelated to the subject or the way people might relate to the subject. An exploitive attitude is fostered. Not becoming involved with the subject, the student grabs for rote payoff rather than insight.” In the supposed pursuit of knowledge, we end up pursuing the reward for the knowing of it, instead of the will to expand our minds. It is not about the subject anymore, be it math, science, history, any of them, it is about the end goal. LEarning should not be about the end goal, learning is a process that can never end by its nature! Not the most uplifting quote, the one I picked, but I loved the way it was articulated. An exploitive attitude is fostered, that is so well put and simply. This way of teaching has become commonplace, and it is not entirely the teachers faults, but it is their duty to change it. And, hopefully, we as students can aide in that shift as well.
I read an article a while back called Bird by Bird that I wanted to include. Some of it is about writing, and though that part is masterfully crafted as well, the segment about how perfectionism kills creativity is the one I deem most relevant. It brings the whole public school system to mind in the way it describes.
There is a line in a post by ewingjm2, quoting Nadeem Aslam (who I looked up and learned he is a prize-winning British Pakistani novelist). “Pull a thread here and you’ll find it’s attached to the rest of the world.” There were a couple of lines in the reading, about how teachers separate information into sections, subjects, and how they should not, because it is limiting. Those sections were not included in the post, but the quote above brought them back to mind. I wish I had had Nadeem Aslams quote in my head, for I would have used it and written about those afore mentioned sections.
shabanm had a particularly good post about the “information revolution.” We truly are in the midst of one. There has never been so much information at our disposal, to the point that the “internet titans,” as she puts it, of Google and Facebook emerged as we adapted to find ways to maneuver the mazes of the web, to find what is useful and cast aside the inconsequential. That whole train of thought was mapped out beautifully in the post.
tariktilahun had a paragraph so profound I cannot resist posting its entirety here; “What is very compelling is to wonder how far we can go in dissecting problems to their core and whether or not it is inevitably in our fate that we cannot unravel all of the world’s mysteries. Surely, we strive to make new and efficient progresses as we transition from one era of human intelligence to another. The essence of human existence is that we are in a race to improve. But with whom is the race? The natural world?” I have been thinking about this all day. We will always strive to solve, and we will always make progress, but contentment in this endeavor is impossible to reach. We cannot solve it all, and, there will always be more emerging, more unanswered questions will come to be then I could ever know. This sent me into a wonderful philosophical spiral, and I am truly grateful. “With whom is the race?” Who knows, but I doubt the race will ever end.