Travis S. Childs
“The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think — rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with thoughts of other men.”
Education is a critical thinking adventure! Everyone is different, and everyone learns differently. The possibilities for this adventure are unlimited. How information is transferred is a stunning enterprise.
When I learn and teach I always think of being a forest. Forest cycle and transfer vast and complex information across the Earth, and throughout the entire Universe. Most everything we can learn can be observed in a forest through understanding natural patterns. The best education I have received is through observing Nature, and then reflecting on my experience.
When observing Nature, I ask myself, can we ever truly think for ourselves? Humans are made up of billions and billions of organisms who all use critical thinking skills to access, analyze, and store data from their physical environments, you!. There are upwards of billions of bacteria living with any given person. Fungus, yeast, Archaea, and viruses all live on, in, and around Human’s bodies. Therefore we make our decisions out of consent of these organisms in the physical reality. I like to think of critical thinking in regards to capacity building and adapting.
Life adapts regardless of how well a Human’s memory or ability to improve their mind is. Although, the more we improve our minds along with adapting biologically we can see the fruits of our capacity building enterprises. To think for ourselves, is truly to think for the billions of organism’s that we co-habitat with. And capacity building is an essential part of the education adventure.