[ExI] my view of education
William Flynn Wallace
foozler83 at gmail.com
Fri Dec 14 15:44:56 UTC 2018
dave sill wrote - I think where public K-12 education really fails is in
teaching life skills like planning, time management, finance, decision
I would include all of these as parts of a critical thinking study. My
concern, though, is really not what is taught but the lack of how to think
about it. As a teacher I kept getting comments on how I made students
think and about how hard I was, until I finally concluded that these two
I don't know where and how I picked up thinking skills, but grad school
gives an example: in looking at the research literature on some subject I
became aware of just how many errors appeared in studies, like the text
said one thing and the chart said another. That sharpened my eye. If
people smart enough to publish articles in important journals make errors,
then I should be on the lookout every time I read something. Even fiction
helped: finding errors of plot or character, timeline, etc. makes reading
an exercise in thinking even in escape literature.
I would gladly read of how people in this group developed their skills.
On Fri, Dec 14, 2018 at 7:48 AM Dave Sill <sparge at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 13, 2018 at 1:15 PM William Flynn Wallace <foozler83 at gmail.com>
>> Now I am a loyal American who loves his country. But. I want the truth
>> out and no lies and coverups in educating children.
> Government-run education promotes the government, not too surprisingly.
> After all, lying to children about Santa, the Easter Bunny, and so on, are
>> discovered to be lies, though thought to be harmless, along the way to
> I'm not convinced they're harmless, but they do serve to demonstrate the
> need for skepticism.
>> School boards and colleges say that they are teaching critical thinking,
>> but my question is, where? How? In what class? One-sided teaching is the
>> farthest thing from fair it is possible to get. I think that is the worst
>> kind of critical nonthinking, and actually immoral.
> Yeah, they don't teach critical thinking and generally don't reward
> students questioning their teachings.
>> Education or propaganda?
> It's some of both, of course. I think where public K-12 education really
> fails is in teaching life skills like planning, time management, finance,
> decision making, etc.
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