STOP POLITICALLY DRIVEN EDUCATION
Book release scheduled for January
Why do we vote for fools? It begins in schools! The confirmation bias is at epidemic levels. Critical thinking in every day life is at a new low as evidenced by recent political campaigns. As education moves more and more to the “teach to the test” mentality, creative thinking is diminished.
To resolve this problem educators must take the opportunity to sabotage the artificial education system, from the bottom up, and replace it with the agenda of children.
Here are some excerpts from the book!
1. Once you establish a certain belief you tend to favor that belief, although that belief is not absolute in nature. According to Science Daily, ¨Confirmation bias is a phenomenon wherein decision makers have been shown to actively seek out and assign more weight to evidence that confirms their hypothesis and ignore or under weigh evidence that could disconfirm their hypothesis.” This happens especially when that belief provides a comforting conclusion to an emotionally charged experience, it then becomes locked into one’s thoughts.
2. Once fear takes hold, it is nearly impossible for one to talk their brain out of that thought. The solution however, is critical and rational thinking. What is the probability of those evil acts taking place? The statistics will give students a better idea of whether they should really succumb to fear or simply ignore another political deception. Don’t believe anything you hear or see. Study it, research it and search for the truth.
3. The role of education is not to take one side or another in a political debate. It is to create an environment conducive to rational, critical thinking with the hope that students will internalize that and carry it with them throughout life. And they must go out of their comfort zone for the sake of truth.”
4. Here are comments from University of Virginia Psychologist Dr. Jim Coan on the Netflix series “Brain Games”: ¨When you hear an idea or a statement your pre-frontal cortex helps you decide if it´s true or false. In order for your brain to make sense of a new idea, it will initially believe it, but then your brain immediately begins to check the idea against your memory to see if it fits with everything else you know to be true. For a moment, your brain will believe almost everything it hears¨
5. The broader the student´s background knowledge, the better chance they will seek out a more rational answer. Put science out in the forefront and let them dig into it. Then when they take that second look and check the initial idea against their memory, they will have a basis of fact to work from.
6. When a student is involved in a project that relates to the subject at hand, their thinking goes far deeper than simply stating the first step of the scientific method. The student develops a hypothesis, tests it, retests it, refines or rejects it, fails and moves forward until that student achieves success.”
7. “when achievement is restricted to grades, (test scores) attendance, and behavioral compliance, the robust nature of learning is inadvertently restricted… traditional school outcomes as level B achievement can occur in the absence of learning how to work and learn independently; (A level learning includes) learning how to synthesize, transfer and apply knowledge to the world beyond the classroom; learning how to value self as subjects and not as objects; and learning how to engage in and share power in democratic spaces.” Dr. Angela Dye