Educating humans

Filling the pail

I remember the first time I looked at a table and saw it as a dance of fields and mostly empty space. It was the first time I had taken this particular body of knowledge I had gained from physics, and applied it to an everyday object previously encountered through my folk understanding of the world. This act, this choice to see the table differently, was my act and my choice.

I believe that we should respect the subjective experience of the humans we teach. It is for them, and them alone, to decide how to integrate knowledge into their understandings of themselves and the world. I think this is a key misunderstanding about expository, explicit forms of teaching. Critics, such as Paolo Freire, argue that explicit teachers think their students know nothing, perhaps are nothing, without instruction. This is false.

Explicit teachers aim to communicate important, foundational ideas to…

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