We're taught that knowledge is power but it's more like energy (potential or possibility maybe). True power is in understanding, which is the authority to wield power (knowledge) had. There is no nugget of knowledge that stands valuable all its own. It is the relationship it has with other nuggets that makes it valuable. Never … Continue reading Is Knowledge Power, Potential or Possibility?
I've been really trying to understand how we learn and not just for the benefit of our own empowerment and intentionally creating our reality as is the central focus of my work but to understand how we evolve with the perception we carry. While I understand what informs our way of being, I'm trying to … Continue reading Focusing On “Focusing”: How We Learn?
There'll be no vying for attention on social media, no strategically timed posts and ambiguous titles. This - appealing to the subconscious - is the trend set but another, more conscious, path will be beaten. No microwavable TV dinner; purely organic, healthy food for thought. At your own pace, with hearty appetite and plate, approach … Continue reading On Food for Thought
There's this invisible space between what a teacher communicates and what we understand and that space — wholly in our control — though unconscious, is what we call learning. Teaching is incomplete without the fulfillment of this, though in the hands of the pupil, not the teacher. Essentially, we teach ourselves and "teachers" facilitate the … Continue reading The Importance of Mental Pictures in Early Childhood
Learning is an ongoing endeavour. Even when you've learned something, there are connections yet made that refine your understanding. It's remarkable to be able to identify these aha moments while having them. Here I through some thoughts out there on what comes together to inform our understanding.
Does being taught in generally the same way cause us to develop in essentially the same ways? What would we be like if we were allowed to find our uniqueness and educate ourselves through it? Not only do people learn differently (as may be thought a preference), some perceive the world differently. Before we're able … Continue reading How “Educating” Hurts Education
In my experience, many people have good intentions but miss the mark. Many think themselves open-minded but their habits and approach to dialogue doesn't represent openness purported. Being open-minded requires we search ourselves for an explanation of how a thing could be possible, not rush to demonstrate why it's wrong because we think it is … Continue reading Understanding Other: The Question We Ought Ask
To ask is to question and to question is seek an answer unknown. How much do we know we do not know? How valuable is listening, when we think we're already in the know? Perhaps this is why many listen with intent to respond versus to understand? Understanding doesn't begin with posing a question, it … Continue reading No Question Has Ever Been Answered That Hadn’t First Been Asked
It's easy to see the harm in "crying wolf" but what about the harm in assuming a new situation the same as the last? It's an educated guess perhaps, but what is the cost of this "educated-ness"?
All it takes to get change going, is that we think honestly about the status quo. But we kill inquiring minds and their inquiries every single day.
Experiences have a sort of preeminent power over us. Unless we are open to seeing from other perspectives, we will find ourselves enslaved by the lens we have by virtue of inherited beliefs and their interaction with our experiences.
In the shelves of our mind are lessons we should pensively consider. We're guaranteed to emerge wiser.
Keep critics close, they're one of your greatest assets.
What if instead of "every man for himself" and a focus on the books on shelves, we encouraged collaboration and facilitated inspiration from the simplest things?
Our being impressed with what children are capable of doing with computers is an insult to the human capacity. Their abilities aren't unimpressive but they are not remarkable or comparatively advanced. We simply refuse to acknowledge the power of immersion and of self-education.