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Amelia Roosevelt

 

Thirst For Knowledge – Quench It Right

Posted On:25-Sep-2020/8:29 am

Is this thirst crushing me down or strengthening me up?

In the early morning, shivering under the cold dewdrops I am walking towards the railway station, heading for the university. At the end of this day, I will be tired, hungry and cut off from my so longed rest after a busy full week.

Sometimes I wonder why I bother about learning. Isn’t there any other option to learn? Why cannot I surf the internet to find the same knowledge I am craving for? Definitely, I hate exams. I don’t want a bagful of certificates. I don’t have any ambition to apply for another waged profession.

Then why this bother?

It is something that you may not even think about.

I want that discussion - Those arguments, exchange of ideas, and explanations for the beliefs. I pay a substantial amount to the university, just to be in that discussion.

This could be a joke for most people. I'm wasting my time and money, am not I? It should not be the way of learning.

I agree. Today’s learning (education) is built around tests, exams, assignments. All are getting ready to echo what is learnt so far on a paper to prove their knowledge. Most of the time to replicate exact words and views of the teacher – to please them, to get that pass mark, to grab that certificate.

There is a saying “The same old thinking, the same old results”

This is not what education is for – at least not at the beginning of it. Socrates, followed by Aristotle and Plato emphasized the importance to see through the delusive appearances to the deeper realities of life. To do the cross-examination. They guided people to observe, to think, to analyze and to understand the reasons behind things. As per Sir Frances Bacon, one should not be misled by the four idols - Deceptive beliefs in the society, deceptive views according to one’s education, misconceptions from wrongful significance given to (misused) words and false wisdom based on dogma, blind rules or instructions. According to such early philosophers, one should learn to think rationally. Not because someone told, all the others followed or for being taught at schools.

One may think trying to be rational always is somewhat extreme. Being overly indulged in anything is absurd. For example just because we didn’t know gravity before Newton’s articulation, it was not non-existent. Just because we cannot see something, hear or feel we could not declare it is not there. We have limited eye-sight, hearing range and sense – a kind of partially blind, deaf and insensitive (or could we say non-sense wink) nature inherent in us.

Therefore, education is to exchange views about our world, ourselves or beyond this world based on a radical analysis and critique. An education system formed to feed a power structure (where workers and rulers were generated) is not what we want, a system where free-thinking develops is what we wanted.

That is the atmosphere I am craving. Despite the cold, hunger and exhaustion I appreciate that opening for my thoughts. I love that opportunity to exchange views. In the end, to open my eyes to the world with a clear and precise understanding.

It really worth the effort.

Takeaways:

1 : Learn, do not imitate

2 : Open your mind to see the real world

3 : Education is a third eye

Category:  Education/Learning / Subcategory:  Education is not a mere repetition

Tags: learning, rote learning, knowledge building, analysis, rationality, clear and precise understanding

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S. Jakes

01-Oct-2020

Amelia, I like your duppydom. I liked what you said about education being the way to exchange views about the world based on analysis and critique. I think you are right, but a lot of the time that is not what you are doing in your classes. You could get your degree and not have one debate in any of your classes. Maybe university teaching needs to be changed.

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Bruce Peters

29-Sep-2020

Amelia, I have not been in college for a while, but I would have to agree with you. When I think back to most of the classes I took, it was all about the professor--he or she at the front of the class talking about himself/herself and not really caring about what we had to say. There were discussions and points of views told , but it was always one way. You are undoubtedly knowledgeable when it comes to early philosophers.

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Nadine Wu

29-Sep-2020

Amelia, my experience of university is pretty much exactly what you said--tests, exams and memorization. I had some classes where we discussed topics, but not that much. I think you are talking about a system of education where students are always debating and exchanging ideas. That is not the university I knew.

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Amara Kone

29-Sep-2020

Amelia, I think this is very true. Fewer free-thinking students mean fewer free-thinking people in the world. Universities should be teaching us how to exchange ideas and argue our point of view. Exactly right--the idea of learning and not intimating is what education should be. Nicely written article.

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Adaego M. Azi

26-Sep-2020

Amelia--I hear what you are saying. I did not go to a university, but I hear the same thing from friends who did. The point you made about replicating what the teacher said in class it something they get angry about. Sometimes the teacher says something opposite to what the book said, but the teacher will only give the marks if you said exactly what he said. I guess it also depends on if you went to a university or a trade school. I went to an Academy to become a Pharmacy Assistant--there it is different. You have to follow what the teacher said because that is what you will be doing for your job. But I agree that education should be about exchanging views about the world. Thank you Amelia.