“Without deep reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people.” – Albert Einstein
As noted by Physicist Albert Einstein in the quote above, we inherently exist for others. Since our existence for others is a given fact that should be concluded by reasonable folks, the only variable becomes the nature of our relationship to those others for whom we are existing. Do we exist to control, manipulate, dominate, or rule over others? Or do we exist to share, serve, and sacrifice for others?
It seems to me the aftertaste of one's education depends upon whether they were shepherded or merely herded; nurtured or merely driven to market.
Education is the right and privilege of every creature to learn and develop within their culture, the knowledge and skills needed to carry on when former generations have passed.
What it means for educators
It is the responsibility of each generation to determine what values will be passed on to succeeding generations, and to build the platforms necessary for the learning of those values.
What it means for learners
It is the responsibility of every citizen to submit to the tutelage of the educators placed before them in order to understand, assimilate and articulate to others, those values deemed worthy to be passed on.
5000 year timeline of learning theories
Based on the four pillars above, my pedagogical approach is to lead by example with an explorer's attitude to help students navigate an uncertain future by learning from the past (History) and training their mind (critical thinking) in order to make the best possible choices on the path ahead.
Just as every explorer in human history used the technologies at their disposal, so too we will use whatever technologies are in our hands, be they text books, computers, devices, or wearables, and incorporate them into our learning about those who went before, those who accompany us now, and those we must aid in the future.
We are human 'beings' not human 'doings' so we place great emphasis on the type of person we are, our character, and our ethics. However, because we are judged on our doings, we recognize the importance of our skills and strive to hone them to the highest degree of which we are capable.
This belief system recognizes our individual capacities to learn, our corporate responsibilities to collaborate and cooperate in a global society, and our inherent freedom to make personal, consequential choices. As Dr. Seuss once quipped, “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” Yes, today you are you. But tomorrow you will be You PLUS your experiences of today. Therefore, every day holds an exciting discovery for each of us and all of us.
What can we explore together?
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