Saturday, August 18, 2012

USE YOUR BRAIN OR LOSE YOUR BRAIN


ROTE LEARNING KILLS CREATIVE THINKING
The Need for STUDENT-CENTRIC INQUIRY BASED LEARNING SYSTEMS
Ruminations on Education and Learning
By
VIKRAM KARVE

Here is quote from Liddel Hart (quoted by Norman Dixon on page 162 of his book On The Psychology of Military Incompetence)

A lifetime of having to curb the expression of original thought culminates so often in there being nothing left to express

Think about it.

Isn’t the present day rote learning type education system doing exactly this?

And so is the “do as you are told” management philosophy prevalent in most organisations. 

There is a saying:

If You Don’t “Use” It, Then You Will “Lose” It

It is the same with your brain, especially the right side of your brain. 

If you keep restraining your creativity from realizing its full potential, if you curb your imagination and suppress your original thinking, a time will come when you will lose the ability to think imaginatively and ingeniously.

After some time, you will become like a mechanical “robot” and you will unthinkingly and unquestioningly do what you are told.

That is what the prevalent teacher centric rote learning education system and “do as you are told” work culture will achieve.

Do we want our children to become “robots”?

Or should we not introduce a more student centric Inquiry Based Learning System?

Remember the saying:

Tell me and I Forget
Show me and I Remember
Involve me and I Understand

Involvement is the sine qua non of holistic learning.

Mere “Telling” and “Showing” is not enough as this will not encourage development of creativity and stimulate imagination – it is “involvement” that will kindle and inspire original thinking which in turn will facilitate realization of one’s full potential.

VIKRAM KARVE
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About Vikram Karve

A creative person with a zest for life, Vikram Karve is a retired Naval Officer turned full time writer. Educated at IIT Delhi, ITBHU Varanasi, The Lawrence School Lovedale and Bishops School Pune, Vikram has published two books: COCKTAIL a collection of fiction short stories about relationships (2011) and APPETITE FOR A STROLL a book of Foodie Adventures (2008) and is currently working on his novel and a book of vignettes and short fiction. An avid blogger, he has written a number of fiction short stories, creative non-fiction articles on a variety of topics including food, travel, philosophy, academics, technology, management, health, pet parenting, teaching stories and self help in magazines and published a large number of professional research papers in journals and edited in-house journals for many years, before the advent of blogging. Vikram has taught at a University as a Professor for 15 years and now teaches as a visiting faculty and devotes most of his time to creative writing. Vikram lives in Pune India with his family and muse - his pet dog Sherry with whom he takes long walks thinking creative thoughts.

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