In the absence of feeling, I rely on observation. In the absence of observation, I rely on evidence. In the absence of evidence, I rely on experience (mine and others). In the absence of experience, I turn to life’s cheat sheet called facts.
Relying on facts is the most difficult way to make a decision because you must be equipped with the ability to synthesize information.
Our society, here in the U.S., has moved away from providing students the tools to achieve synthesis, which is considered the highest level of learning. Since the 1980s, all we hear about is “teaching to the tests”. Since the public school system is rated on how well students perform on standardized test, teachers are hard-pressed to get their students to do well.
180 days in a school year is not enough time to teach a student to understand how to process data for use in other areas.
Therefore, students are taught to memorize information. Memories fail without using information to build upon. This means the data is eventually fragmented and lost. What results is a bunch of functioning adults being led to perform, instead of adults knowing how to arrive solutions using critical thinking and decision-making.
The brain is the most powerful computer known to humans. If you don’t understand how to program it, it might as well be a weight to balance your head on your shoulders.
Want to truly Make America Great?
Familiarize yourself with these terms and then pass it on.
- Knowledge (facts)
- Comprehension (understands meanings)
- Application (can apply to new situations)
- Analysis (see organization and patterns)
- Synthesis (generalize, create new ideas) Ex. George Washington Carver – made more than 100 products from sweet potatoes and peanuts
- Evaluation (assess value of evidence)
It is never too late to learn how to learn, unlearn and relearn. If you have breath, it should be a priority.