Science, culture, education, and the brain
Science, culture, education, and the brain:
24 March 2010
"Education is not a preparation for life; education is life itself"
... John Dewey, Experience and Education
"Physical concepts are free creations of the human mind, and are are not, however it may seem, uniquely determined by the external world"
Albert Einstein and Leopold Infeld, The Evolution of Physics
"We live with stories ... If we change the stories we live by, quite possibly we change our lives"
Thomas King, The Truth about Stories: A Native Narrative
- Inter-personal, inter-cultural
The task is not to get it right but to get it less wrong, not to disprove existing understandings but to recognize their context-dependence, not to discover what is but to construct from conflicting understandings previously unconceived alternative understandings. The brain already provides each of us with the wherewithal to do this, individually and collectively. What is needed in addition is only a shared confidence in and commitment to the process of ongoing construction, deconstruction, and reconstruction, in "life itself" as an ongoing evolutionary process. Education should model this confidence/commitment, and contribute to creating a new story.