“Clinging to one’s opinion is the best proof of stupidity.”—Michel de Montaigne
Readin’, writin’, and ‘rithmatic don’t occasion much questioning. But subjects like history are another matter! Learning history, or anything else for that matter, can be likened to learning Bible verses if questioning is excluded from the process.
This kind of learning without questioning is carried over to our colleges and universities where the problem becomes really severe.
Subjects are taught as if they were comprised of revealed truths. Hardly anyone ever questions them because questioning them is discouraged. So we end up with people who graduate with degrees under their arms who are no wiser than they were on the days they matriculated as freshmen. No new idea ever enters their heads.
In this society, people who are learned are not educated. They are little different from hurdy gurdy monkeys, but we elect them to office.
Such is the legacy of the Sunday School Syndrome. It yields the stubbornness of what are essentially stillborn minds.
No amount of information conveyed can ever make a stupid person smart!
So nothing fundamental will ever change until intellectual development rather than the conveyance of information becomes the principal goal of learning.
Every teacher who has tried to teach students an unconventional truth has met an obstinate student, the student to whom the conventional truth he matriculated with is the conventional truth he graduates with. [Read more…]