Monday, April 20, 2015

"Human beings are curious by nature." - Aristotle

This question of our inherent nature is at the heart of how we think about teaching, learning, and formal education. Can and will children learn on their own? Is curiosity the main component to learning, or is it disciplined activity? Of course, both are important, but which one we emphasize depends on another fundamental question about our inherent nature: are we individuals with unique, inherent value and potential; or are we part of a collective which needs to shape our nature? Most of us probably hold some balance of beliefs: children are naturally curious but need help in refining their thinking abilities, and there is a balance between individual freedoms and society's larger interests.

From my perspective, the big mistake is to find fault with others who have reached different conclusions about these most important human questions.

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