When is a thought not a thought?

...to the real.

When it’s a guess.

If you can dream, and not makes dreams your master;

If you can think, and not make thought your aim.

  • Rudyard Kipling

Last week I wrote about what I perceived as ‘fervour around understanding’ in education, and talked about how I worried that a blinkered charge towards understanding could ironically be preventing it.

This week I would like to discuss a related issue; a similar fervour that I see with respect to ‘thinking.’

First, I would like to mount a defence on ‘thinking’s’ behalf, and offer two huge benefits to encouraging students to ‘think’ during lessons.

1)      Memory

Daniel Willingham describes memory poetically as ‘the residue of thought.’  To paraphrase his work: ‘Think about something and you will remember it.  Don’t, and you will forget it.’

2)      Understanding

I have nothing to reference here, but colloquially I think it is believed that ‘thought’ is necessary to…

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