Education Fundamentals

Reference: Subject: Education
Reference: Course on Subject Clearing

There are two parts to teaching: 

  1. Imparting information
  2. Handling confusions

In a school, information is imparted through lectures and supported by textbooks. In the world of technology today, lectures may be replaced by pre-recorded videos; and the textbooks may be simplified through precise definitions and animated examples. Both video lectures and animated textbooks can be made available online through Internet. One may access them anywhere. A good example of this is Khan Academy | Free Online Courses, Lessons & Practice.

There are going to be confusions in student’s mind. These may be handled through interactions with a tutor on line. Simple confusion may be handled on the spot; otherwise, the student may be directed to study the materials that he missed. The better is the quality, and sequencing, of the study materials, the less confusions will be there to be addressed by a tutor.

Schools then become places where one may go to study and engage in laboratory experiments under supervision.

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The Ideal Scene

I see the ideal scene for education as follows:

  1. Easy access to well-organized learning materials. 
  2. Active and self-paced learning.
  3. Realization of rational and systematic thinking.
  4. Attainment of a clear mind that can efficiently solve problems.
  5. Full realization of one’s potentials.  

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Motivation to Learn

From birth, a child is exploring and learning. He is naturally motivated to learn. That natural motivation is killed when the child is,

  1. Not provided with enough examples to understand something properly
  2. Not given enough time to understand something fully
  3. Pushed past too many things not understood

When the child has been pushed past too many things not understood, he gives up on independent thinking. He then lets the forced schooling condition his mind. This is not a good situation because, as he grows up, he is unable to creatively think his way out of situations. He then becomes subject to a lot of stress in life.

A way out of this situation is Subject Clearing Your Schooling. This application restores the motivation to learn and to think creatively. It can be self-applied to oneself; or two people may pair up and apply it to each other; or a tutor may apply it his or her students individually as needed.

In general, one must never allow one’s motivation to be killed by the reasons listed above.

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Self-Learning

Once one is motivated to learn, one can self-learn to a great extent in today’s technological environment. Self-learning can be supported greatly by a tutor who is familiar with Subject Clearing.

Self-learning materials have the following characteristics:

  1. They lay out the materials in a logical sequence starting from the fundamentals.
  2. They provide a suitable gradient of learning.
  3. They explain each concept using precise definition and enough illustrative examples.
  4. They allow the student enough time to understand the concepts.
  5. They are written in simple language.
  6. They provide a glossary for the key words used to describe the concepts.

In self-learning it is very important not to go by something one does not understand. One’s mind should always be full of curiosity and eagerness to learn. Whenever, there is a doubt, perplexity or confusion, it should be treated as an ANOMALY.

An anomaly is any violation of the integrity of reality, such as, discontinuity (missing data), inconsistency (contradictory data), or disharmony (arbitrary data).

The moment one becomes aware of an anomaly one must make some effort to resolve it.  He should actually resolve the anomaly; or, at least, add it to a TO DO LIST, that he checks on a regular basis.

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Creative Thinking

Self-learning helps a student explore his potentials to the fullest degree. He naturally picks up the subjects that he is most interested in. He would then excel in those subjects because he wants to. Self learning maintains and even enhances a person’s ability to think independently and creatively at all times.

Here are some elementary question to check creative thinking ability: What is Mathematics?

Here is an example of addressing the fundamentals of a subject: Numbers

The subject of education is explored here: Subject: Education

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