What’s Wrong with Education? Indifference and Dependency
Wednesday December 6 at 11:00 pm - 12:30 am GMT
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In the third salon of his series on 7 things wrong with education, João will explore 2 of the main factors that contribute to helping the current educational system be obsolete: indifference and dependency.
Throughout the schooling experience, we’re trained to feel indifferent toward all subjects by avoiding depth and embracing a shallow understanding of ideas. Not only that, but we also lack the freedom to pursue a particular topic of interest due to the “curriculum” that one needs to follow. That indifference is a big reason why adults lose curiosity and fail to develop ideas that can transform the world.
The indifference is a consequence of both intellectual and emotional dependence that students develop in school. Students are supposed to adjust themselves to the emotional whims of a, most of the time, good-intended, but very tired teacher. Even if it’s not the case, the class culture is mainly dictated by what the teacher thinks it’s “good behavior”, which makes students feel in a constant state of anxiety over their own self-expression. At the same time, they’re also dependent on whatever the teacher wants them to learn, and how to learn it, creating intellectual dependency.
Can we come up with a system that allows students to pursue their curiosity and agency, with positive reinforcement and great emotional intelligence, while also learning to control their own impulses and contribute to a positive learning culture? João believes we can and wants to build with you, so join us and help build a modern golden age for education!