in this rapidly changing, unpredictable, messy world, perhaps the only way we can really prepare students is to help them ask the right questions and pinpoint problems
Seuss the Sage
Amy Burvall

There is always this question What should a teacher point out to his students?

Should he only point out what he can, knows and believes to be true, or maybe, apart from it, also other possibilities and interpretations that are not part of his programming?

The second option would be so much more valuable, but, sadly, it is not the default way teachers operate and it’s not what gets rewarded in the educational system. Thus most of them simply pass on to their students what they themselves know and believe to be true.

In such an environment questions and opportunities to solve problems are scarce. This means that lots of limitations are being inflicted on students.

Also in Stop Stealing Dreams Seth Godin wrote:

“The object of the new school is to teach reasonable doubt. Not the unreasonable doubt of the wild-eyed heckler, but the evidence-based doubt of the questioning scientist and the reason-based doubt of the skilled debater.”

I agree 100%. That’s exactly what teaching and school should be about.

By all means, pass your knowledge on to students but don’t demand that everything you know and believe to be true will be taken at face value and memorised, no questions asked. Don’t label the stuff you pass on to others as facts. For the most part they’re not facts but merely things you accepted as facts.

And schools and teachers should have operated in such way 100 years ago, they should operate in such way today and they should operate in such way in the future.

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