Ultimately, any learner must desire to swallow whatever lesson is being taught. Teachers can offer classes, but they are entirely unable to make students learn, especially not deeply.
The history of pedagogy is primarily about developing techniques to overcome this barrier rather than focusing on character development, which provides a shift in perspective to overcome the obstacle.
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Educare and educere have their role in human society, yet neither is sufficient for achieving the learner's holistic development. Educare by itself may stifle individual genius and agency, while educere - to draw them out - needs an entirely different approach that demands "student choice."
The problem with both is that education is ultimately passive. Philosophies of education built on either processes start with the educator rather than the learner.
It doesn't. School is hardly eduction.
Education is derived from two Latin roots.
This point is fixed: people have free will. Any honest philosophy of education must take as a goal to develop people capable of acting deliberately to create their own lives.
Ultimately it is up to the individual to engage and choose what attitude to adopt. Explorare aligns more with this goal while educare or educere cannot. If we are moulded and lead by education, we likely will forget that it is our responsibility to live deliberately.
One possibility is to shift from education to exploration. Explore (explorare in Latin) means to investigate, search out, examine, explore.
Exploring will result in learning. Students may learn "the basics" in the course of their explorations, such as arithmetic while baking or reading while gaming. Learning will take place when the whole person is engaged and interested.
The two meanings contained in education provide an etymological foundation for debates about conventional and progressive pedagogies.
The instructional fallacy is the assumption that if instruction is provided, then children will learn. However, the student does not learn. Even if they can master some concepts and skills temporarily, they usually don't remember them for long because they lack curiosity or continued study that depends on the knowledge.
It's not that instruction is defective, its that it is insufficient.
We tend to learn only the things we were already good at. This creates little bubbles of confidence where we learn, and vast areas we avoid because we’re not sure we can get good at them.
You see this with people who claim they’re “bad at math” or don’t have the “language gene”.
Self-learning (also known as autodidacticism) is useful for certification (and fine-tuning) of your existing skills, to be able to learn continuously, and for the cultivation of your curiosity.
It’s essential to move out of the comfort zone and dive into the learning zone.
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