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 only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.” – Carl Rogers
Instead of being an army style march to marks, we need to feel the joy of learning. A game with ideas and questions being thrown at each other like a ball in a park. The teacher’s role becomes a trigger. We end up doing more – with challenges and games and resources freely shared and used more intensely. The changed attitude is about deeper engagement with the content. Focus on the basics, even in higher classes. Do not assume that students know what they are should. Embed reinforcements of prior learning in every piece of work that is set for students. If they get the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic right, they are well placed to branch off on their own in later years. Instill confidence and competence in skills of speaking, debating, creating a structured argument and applying their learning to life.