Inspireme: Re-discovering the joy of discovery and developing moral wisdom

To the degree that one is able to approach learning as a task of discovering something rather than “learning about” it, to that degree there will be a tendency for the child to work with the autonomy of self-reward, or, more properly, be rewarded by discovery itself. -Jerome Bruner

As I have grown, one of the most fascinating topics I have read up on has been education. Such a complex subject, which has caused much chaos in societies the world over.

I have always found that the way we teach our children and even young adults has been a failure. Of course we can point to this grand society we have forged but in a spiritual sense we have broken ourselves. Much of the beauty of science and the humanities have been torn apart by this desire to judge everyone in standardized ways, throwing children and adults into a cesspool of tests and quizzes and essays, allowing one persons biases to determine whether or not a person is worthy to actually survive in our world.

Let us be honest with ourselves; our school systems are not in place to actually develop our creative sides. They are built to churn out kids that can pass tests. We burn out any spark that children have unless they are lucky enough to have outside influences that drive them forward still.

If you make a mistake in school you are not shown that it is alright and helped and driven to find new and innovative ways to solve whatever it is that you did not understand, you are given a nice F to show that you are a failure.

You are not shown a wide breadth of topics spanning multiple topics to stimulate and allow your true potential to blossom. You are told …learn this in exactly the way I want you to learn it and if you cannot then you are stupid.

We are not just a brain, we are an entire dynamic ecosystem. We are our own planet!

We need to be learning to move better, stimulating all our senses outside in nature, shown dozens of different subjects and allowed to follow our interests, to not be told you are stupid, but neither should we be told you are super smart everytime we do something well because that creates this idea that if we suddenly are not good at something we are stupid. Encouragement and praise does not equate to ego stroking.

We need to re-discover the joy of discovery. The pleasure of simply finding out new things, without any strings attached.

With time that appreciation of knowledge and that allowance for failure will lead to a wider view of the world and a population of critical thinkers aware of the incredible complexity that exists.

And as Maria Popova, my most beloved curator of life art shows in this fun short video , the understanding of information and knowledge coupled with good critical thinking skills focused on how to live, leads to moral wisdom.

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