Learning the Unknown

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Submitted: October 02, 2016

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Why teach what is already known? If already know something why bother teaching it again? What could you possible learn from knowing something everyone else always does. When you learn how to write, they don't teach you about everything that has been written. Sure they teach in a monkey see monkey do" sort of way were they make you write in a specific format, a certain structure. But they don't teach you everything that's been written. What good would knowing every piece of literature serve anyone? Knowing all about literature does not create any new literature.

People feel the need to preserve things, to keep things from being forgotten.  Most likely the books I read in school, are the same books my kids will read, and that my parents had read. We like to keep things alive to remember what has been dead. Its a very fine line. We are creatures of the past. So we want our memories to be remembered forever but in the end all men are forgotten. What if you couldn't remember people after they died. What if once they died everything they'd ever own was gone, and any works they made, are burned. We live life to die and be remembered. We live to die. We pray that some day when we die people will cry and try to preserve us. To keep us alive longer.

This brings us back to why do we teach what's already known? Two points, A) it makes complete sense to teach things which are necessary. Things such as medical techniques which are successful and unsuccessful. This is a primitive instinct going back to when our ancestor ate berries and told their offspring which were poisonous and which were not.  To teach our children not to make the same mistakes, and to keep key ideas alive. So in that regard, why wouldn't we teach what's already known? If it works it works?

The second point though, is we can teach what is known by teaching the unknown. In physics, the math's of gravity are taught. What we know about how gravity interacts with the world and the changes we see. What we don't teach is how gravity works. The reason we don't teach how gravity doesn't work, is because we don't know exactly how gravity works. If we ever hope to find out how gravity works we must teach about how we don't know how gravity works. Instead of giving people the idea that we know so much, we should instead teach that we know so little. That there is so much more for them to discover. If you give a child a big cardboard box, that child will invent things that you and I could not dream of. That cardboard box will become something which we can't see nor understand. We take this away from children, and we teach them what a box is, instead of allowing them to say what a box is. We fear the unknown so we create the illusion that only "scientist know" or that "you'll learn when you go to school." As if all the knowledge of the world is keep in some big building. We simply go to that big building and everything we need will be there. people can easily pretend to be smart by saying what is already known. Teach what is unknown and you'll have students who want to find it. Teach the unknown not as this great mystery which need so much information and practice that you'll never obtain it. Teach the unknown like any other subject, and you will have students of the unknown who learn it.


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