Here are 10 Propositions on Education. My experience seems to bear these out in considerable detail. My favorite:
5. Life is not a True/False test; therefore the best learning is open-ended. Like life, true education is punctuated with ellipses (…) and question marks (?) not full stops (.).
This is why I opted for the Master’s program I did – the British style of learning is a lot more open to questioning and implications being chased down and thought being developed. I am appreciating that it is not cut-and-dried, self-assured, multiple-choice fact-regurgitating.
This is also why I think in the emerging postmodern culture that honest questions will take us a lot further than smug answers (we still need some answers, but they’ll need to be humble, they can never be smug). Teachers who listen will be more effective in real education than those who stick with the notes, no matter what.
In the world we find ourselves in journey is just as important as destination, the way we travel is just as important as where we are going, how is just as important as what.