Independent of any education that happens during our time in the womb, we are as a specie, born with a blank slate.
From that point forward, the opportunity for one to grow, starts with any particular input that comes from those who surround us as we are growing up. Parents, relatives, siblings, friends, teachers, television and media, strangers, etc.
In a very short period of time, that blank slate is quickly replaced with information — both learned and empirical. This leaves us trying to sort through the onslaught of information with whatever discerning filter we are capable of bringing to the equation.
Some children are born into households with less than desirable parents.
Others are perhaps more fortunate.
In either situation, the most important aspect of education is learning how to think critically. Learning how to assess what is coming at you and being able to separate fact from fiction, separate truth from lies, and nowadays most importantly, reality from propaganda.
Over the last 20+ years, the “no child left behind” mentality created a new expectation of our education which was much more slanted towards memorization and regurgitation of facts rather than celebrating the unique quality of the individual and helping the individual to leverage their strengths, paired with critical thinking in order to realize that individual’s greatest potential.
I think our society has come to the precipice of this particular quandary, leaving us in the most precarious of circumstances. The ability for the average person to produce content that looks semi-professional and disseminate that information globally has unleashed a massive campaign towards brainwashing unsuspecting individuals… a practice which had heretofore been reserved predominately for organized religion and similar type groups or cults.
Leveraging the experience that has been born out by their brainwashing predecessors, these parasites are conjuring extreme conspiracy theories like QAnon, which seem to be catching fire in the most terrifying of ways!
In the end, a human being without the ability to think critically, is just a hard drive full of facts. Without the computer processor, it is fairly useless. Supporting our education at this critical juncture in history could not be more important. And the need to teach human beings how to think for themselves and how to question what they are being taught or what they are being told could not be any more important than it is right now.
Wishing you a very happy Friday?