“The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think – rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with thoughts of other men.” ~ Bill Beatie
I read this quote today, and I couldn’t agree more with the writer.
The purpose of education is to teach “how” to think. Unfortunately, this motive sways away somewhere and we end up teaching children “what” to think. Children go to school every day, sit through classes, and when the exams approach they cram the information, and spit it out on the papers on their examination day. And when these children grow into adults, their capability to be inquisitive about this world is lost somewhere. They start thinking like what some people once thought. They turn rigid and follow a certain defined path, and then they lead their children to follow the same route.
We as humans are born with a capability to “think”. That’s what has helped us travel all the way from being cave-men to be living in a civilized and modern world. Kudos to that! However, we should realize that this is not the peak of our possible achievements. Let the children innovate and learn their way through life.
And I think, that this applies not only to education but to any other organized institutions like religion etc. We are constantly loading our grey matter with what other men thought, without any space for our own analysis.
We behave as if these books, knowledge and scriptures rained from high skies one day. All these are someone’s wisdom, which is great to know. But, our children should be allowed to create their own as well.