An Alternate Approach to Learning (that we already know)
When we want to learn something how do we approach it? First of all, do we want to learn because we enjoy the learning process or because we only want to gain an outcome? In the latter case, I mean that we would just participate in the learning process in order to gain an outcome. Secondly, how do we learn, what method do we use in this process?
One would say that whatever we learn is useful. I agree but have we really learnt when we take the corresponding certification?
Education and Certifications
What I have noticed is that when we want to learn we pick an authority to teach us like a university that the teachers supposedly know their subject. However, the fact that a teacher knows their subject doesn’t mean that they can transfer it similarly well to the students’ minds. Is this tested enough in education?
At the same time most degrees and certifications come after exams. So this means that a student that has studied very well the earlier exams can have very good chances of taking a good grade. Or other certificates come after many assignments. How can we be sure that noone copied noone?
But even nothing of the above is true I still have some considerations about the difference between theory and practical application. Learning by heart information that noone taught you how to practice it in real life looks pointless to me. Because this isn’t understanding, it’s impression that comes from words. Most times people don’t even use the intellectual information from education in their jobs, too. There they receive the appropriate training and they are ready. During the working hours and next to older employees they learn the job in real time. Thus even if they learned something before work soon it becomes forgotten.
I assume that all the above don’t matter as long as you take the certificate. It doesn’t matter if you gained a real understanding, it doesn’t matter how much you paid, it doesn’t matter how really productively you spent your hours but most importantly you believe that the certificate will make you happy. So without noticing, instead of learning every moment you shift your focus to the ways that can bring you what you are sure that will make you happy, the diploma. This, of course, happens independently of the aforementioned sacrifices. You just must take it.
One more time I can’t miss saying that in the whole educational process, the personal element is missing. Nobody ever asks you a simple thing. What is your personal approach on your studies compared to others’ perceptions? But what I am saying now. You must learn what they say is correct because the closest you are to the “right one” the better the grade. And because grade matters more than anything else, you can imagine our choice. What is, as well, happening, is that we are receiving a training of a specific method all of us. Every student for years. But are all these people same? With same understanding, different culture, different language, entirely different life experiences? Nobody adapted even at least the content to the distinctive personalities of the students.
Think also that learning like all natural processes can’t be pushed. At least this is my understanding. In order for the mind to have aha moments, it has to be calm, to be in lower frequencies. But when the circumstances are pressurizing like most universities you obviously don’t have time to really learn because you have to act quickly. As long as you have made the decision to participate in education, in my opinion, then you can’t be blamed for becoming a parrot as there is hardly any time to go deeper.
The personal element is missing from everywhere. How can a student increase their self-esteem when they passively participate in the material and just follow orders without the need for initiatives?
The Child’s Approach
I think there is another approach it. Everyone knows it unless they have forgotten. We were doing it when we were children. I remember when I was in nursery school and for some years later that I had a curiosity for some small machines like radios. So when a radio would have a problem I would grab the opportunity to take the screwdriver and open it. It was anyway broken so my mother wouldn’t be angry if she found it open.
Before opening it I would try to examine it from outside. What can I see inside, can I figure out how the inside connects with the outside? What is behind the lamp? Then I would open it carefully in order to remember how to close it again. I would check the cables. Which connects to what? And where do they take the power from? I would see the speakers, how they must be working, wow, they have a magnet. Oups, here is a grommet missing but is this what causes the problem? I would continue playing with it in order to figure out the way it works.
After thorough examination I would go to my uncle that was an electrician. I would ask him specific questions. Why it has 2 cables here instead of one? Why this is not connected to the other? The space between these two is for this specific reason or for some other? If we change this element and glue the new one here, will the radio work again?
Then I would go back to my house upstairs and continue playing with it. With the new info from my uncle my arsenal was way bigger so I could figure out almost everything. I would find maybe another that was working and if I was very curious I would risk making my mother angry by opening it to figure what was different between a working radio and a broken one.
Later I could go again to my uncle with even more specific questions and an as thorough plan as possible on how to fix the radio.
You see at that time I wasn’t old enough for this civilisation to make me change the approach I and I think everyone seems to have from birth. Humans are meant to be curious that’s why modern humans should learn from children. There isn’t anything constant and any model will soon limit you as long as you progress through your experience. Being predisposed about a concept with information doesn’t make you wiser in the process.
Learning through Experience
How you are also learning if not from experience? You approach the topic, see what you understand and how it forms in you. This way you start having guidance in your way. Like a painter in an empty canvas. If he lets himself out of thoughts and starts the painting, the first colors will show where he is meant to go at that time. Then he has only specific questions. Same way with knowledge. We put ourselves in the game, notice how we automatically approach it and then we ask for specific info which we later can confirm. This is also with action and with whatever new we want to engage. We start with the basic preparation and during the process we shift our sails depending on the context.
And, I think, at that time the key is specificity. When you have a specific question set, you may have experienced that even when you drop it and focus on something else, sooner or later the answer arrives. With the right questions the steps are tremendous.
That’s why starting something is very important. The first actions will start building concretely in our minds the roadway to the specific questions that will result in answers. Thus real knowledge will be being built up in a positive spiral loop.
Some people have experienced the magical phenomena happening in their lives when, after shifting their perspective, they focus on their invocations. After the horrific beginning of the uncertain future with an unusual “profession” suddenly small opportunities seem to arise out of nowhere. The environment send signals to them which direction to follow. They are even much stronger to face the difficulties. Hardly anyone returns back to the “safety” of employment.
The Unnatural of Modern Education
What is our place in the equation of modern education? We start from emptiness to a head full of information but without any real strategy in between. We don’t pick any approach that is suitable for us. We don’t try to immerse ourselves in the experience to figure how it looks. Instead we prefer the easy way. We receive everything ready and we just follow orders and do whatever needed to take the certificate which will make everyone assume that we know.
The kids approach every experience as new. They have a subconscious understanding that every moment is unique and distinctive, any event will never happen again the same way. Thus they are very curious to see the change that is always taking place. And as they learn something it becomes a part of them. Because they have focused on the process and made any part of it belong to them.
Learning can happen without the thought that you are learning.You just need to approach everything with curiosity and try to experientially understand how it works instead of searching for someone to ask. We shouldn’t be obliged to learn quickly, this process should take its time because it’s a dive to the unknown. And definitely a new understanding is received differently from all people. We shouldn’t also be impatient because instead of learning we are obviously focusing on how quickly the time will pass.
In my opinion this approach is needed in order to have real authorities that are practically excellent in their jobs. Due to the fact that they will be in their invocations they will automatically be trying to be their best selves and know everything important about their subjects. They could give enough time to really make the new knowledge part of them by interacting with their work. They would take initiatives because the drive to improve in what they love is unstoppable. We have tremendous potential but it is lost in habitual work and life. Each and everyone of us can be a real expert if we could follow our invocations.