Thursday, January 15, 2015

Memorizing Facts Teaches "Slave Think" | Teaching Children How to Think Instead of What to Think - Critical Thinking builds Real Knowledge and Self Reliance

In our research we have discovered the core aspect why our educational system is failing, which also reveals exactly what we can do about it. 

Simply put, training ourselves to memorize facts (Extrinsic Knowledge) creates a dependency on the source of those facts; a dependency on an expert or authority. This helps indoctrinate the mind through a slow and progressive control process, holding back creativity and personal discernment, eventually producing a willing drone for society. 

Extrinsic Knowledge is a recipe for a desired result, not the skills and understanding which allow you to create the result by deductive analysis and creative inspiration. Only true knowledge, Intrinsic Knowledge, provides us with the complete picture, so our creative capacities and intuition can come to the fore. Additionally there is the aspect of free will being given over to the order giver, by way of our consent to act out the recipe. 

Slide 13 from Our Presentation on Effects of True Knowledge
Memorizing vs Skill Building

Memorizing a recipe for pancakes essentially is an agreement to follow the orders of the person who wrote the recipe; the head chef. Our free will choice only extends as far as accepting the orders. Contrastingly, if we are the head chef, the recipe is our creation, and our free will is allowed to make choices at every step of the creation process, deciding for ourselves what to do; developing critical thinking and self reliance. 

The difference is clear, the more we truly understand the principles of what makes a good pancake, the more freedom we have to make them outside a predetermined recipe. If we need sugar for the recipe, and all we have is honey, a person trained in memorization (extrinsic knowledge) now needs to go back to the chef and get new orders so they can proceed. But the chef can recognize the properties of each ingredient available, because they have spent the time and attention developing this knowledge, and make new choices on their own. 

Self Reliance vs Dependence on Authority

From a psychological perspective, we learn and develop autonomy (self reliance) and true knowledge (wisdom or Intrinsic Knowledge) via experience. Since memorizing facts only gives you a recipe to follow, we only get better at following orders by trying to live out Extrinsic Knowledge. Conversely, the more we develop Intrinsic Knowledge, real skills and understanding in a holistic fashion, then we get better at self reliance and thinking critically; the pathways to true morality. 

As a final note: The awareness of Morality, the ability to determine right from wrong, is not an arbitrary determination of a social group; legal codes. Morality is based on Natural Law, which is nothing more than an acknowledgement to the right of life, freedom and the ability to do as one pleases, so long as no harm is made against another. This awareness, is developed cumulatively as one gains real knowledge. Eventually a critical mass is reached and we begin to feel the drive to act when we see violence. This again, underscores why building Intrinsic Knowledge is so important to creating a truly free society, and also why our would-be masters use Extrinsic Knowledge systems in our schools.  

For more on these topics, see our presentations discussing Truth, Natural Law, and the effects of True Knowledge; along with our upcoming presentation on Honor and Contracts, further discussing the basis for a Moral and Free society. 

True freedom can only exist with complete knowledge and awareness of each individuals rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happyness. Once this has been achieved on earth, the ideal of Anarchy (a leaderless society of enlightened self governing people) can be realized. 
- Justin

Source - Waking Times

Right now our education system is doing more to indoctrinate our children than to educatethem. In fact, that has been the case for quite some time. Our young minds are being told to accept authority as truth instead of truth as authority, and teachers talk at the students instead of with them.
Teachers have become repeaters of information. They are merely regurgitating everything they once learned from their own teachers, and perpetuating the recycling of information; information that has managed to evade scrutiny for generations. Children are no longer the masters of their own learning, and instead, their minds are being treated as storage containers.

The factory model of education, with its focus on academic and economic elitism, is churning out obedient workers for the system, encouraged to conform every step of the way. We are not being treated as organic, creative, investigative human beings, but instead as parts in the machine. The education system is filtering out the inquisitive nature of our being, with the ultimate goal being to prevent dissent against the system. The system doesn’t want thinkers. It doesn’t want people toquestion its methods. It wants a population that can be easily manipulated and controlled so as to relinquish all its power to the elite.
There are those who say that critical thinking skills cannot be taught in schools. Socrates would likely scoff at that notion, were he still alive today. It was Socrates who said, “I cannot teach anybody anything; I can only make them think.” If we’re going to solve the problem of indoctrination in our school system, we have to learn to begin asking questions instead of giving answers. Real learning is achieved through the investigative process. Children have to be encouraged to search for the answers themselves. It is up to the teachers to provide the tools and resources necessary for the children to conduct these inquiries and make meaningful discoveries. One well-formed question will do more to inspire than any number of answers. In every facet of our educational pursuits, it becomes crucial to begin an open dialogue with our students, to encourage healthy debate and to have them form their own conclusions.
The importance of teaching philosophy in schools cannot be underestimated. In a world where most of humanity is running on the treadmill with the blinders on, it is paramount that we re-evaluate our own perspectives from time to time, and look at the big picture. What teaching philosophy does is it gets us thinking, it gets us questioning, and it gets us contemplating. Without these skills, humanity will continue to function on autopilot, and we will allow those in power to continue to dominate, oppress and enslave us in every way.
We need to reclaim our own minds…



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