Language is the common denominator
If we look at the world, the nations, companies small and large, our relationship with the environment, schools and even in families we find a common denominator in all of them,
The common denominator is communication using language.
Thus the problem of teaching and learning can be narrowed down to one thing: language!
‘Freedom of Speech’ should be ‘Freedom to Listen’
Our entire education, philosophies, theories, media, film-industry and so on seem to always to centre on our abilities to express our individuality fully; express yourself!
We teach language, so you can get on with the important part of learning skills.
The most well-known right is “Freedom of speech” but maybe it should be“Freedom to listen?”
It seems to be all about you (including me) telling everybody else…
Freedom of speech is not really freedom if we don’t have a freedom to listen or understand!
Understanding is the primary purpose of education
The primary purpose is to UNDERSTAND
There is only ONE “you” but there is 7 billion “us”
What good does it do all the geniuses of the past 10,000 years when nobody understands them?
The problem has never been solutions, ideas or inspirations, the problem has been that people are not getting them and while culture and individuality play major roles in this, wouldn’t it be nice that you knew with certainty that the other person actually understood your every single word and the whole concept?
Why Guess when you can know for sure?
We have been teaching “guessing” in our schools for eons, we are so used to it, it has been attributed to the individual character and thus it has become the modus operandi:
I’d done a few tests on adults – most had a sound educational background – and the literacy levels are very low and these people have a degree and are in trusted and key positions! They are winging it but what are they winging?
Understanding the other person.
They may gain sufficient experience in his job and become very good at it but every person, every conversation is new and this is where it all breaks down.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this!