Henry Rollins is pretty bad ace — not solely because he rocks hard; he is one of those individuals who embodies life-long learning, a concept I am more and more convinced is the critical factor in personal and professional success. Here, he lays out thoughts worth listening to:
Here’s what I gain from this talk: Education is not enough to change society. If it were, we’d be thriving since education happens everywhere (in classrooms and out). The type of education we promote can change society. It’s not enough that we teach. It is what we teach. Specifically, we need:
Citizens equipped with the skills necessary to make sense of diverse and challenging texts (i.e. LEARN);
Citizens equipped with the self-efficacy to to make sense of diverse and challenging texts (i.e. LEARN);
Citizens equipped with confidence and competence to apply knowledge practically and positively;
Purely, what more do we need from our citizens than competent, confident, skilled learners who apply practical knowledge to positive ends? Such a citizen can choose any field and add something substantial, no matter what level.
And yet, I am left with these questions:
To what degree does our system teach learners how to learn?
To what degree does our system help students apply skills practically, working to solve real-life problems?
To what degree does our system help students develop confidence, competence, and self-efficacy?
I know my views on the topic. What are yours?