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How to avoid the instructional fallacy

How to avoid the instructional fallacy

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.


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People are free to choose how to be and behave

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 g...


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The problem with educare and educere

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 "stude...


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"You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink"

"You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink"

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 ...


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Educare: The Instructional Fallacy (IF)

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 conti...


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Educare and educere

The two meanings contained in education provide an etymological foundation for debates about conventional and progressive pedagogies.

  • Educare implies that the educator acts upon the learner to shape them into a form determined by the educator


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We think "education" means school

We think "education" means school

It doesn't. School is hardly eduction.

Education is derived from two Latin roots.

  • Educare, which means to train or to mould.
  • Educere, which means to draw out or to lead out.


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