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 ) 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.
1 : Learn, do not imitate
2 : Open your mind to see the real world
3 : Education is a third eyeCategory: Education/Learning / Subcategory: Education is not a mere repetition
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