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Education – Your Child At Risk

Most children start their intellectual life with a handicap. From the day they are born they are taught what is right. They are then told to do what is right. This sounds very noble and good.

Unfortunately the child is never told that what is right is open to question and doubt.

In fact whenever the child asks why, the parents and all significant others try to find all kinds of “reasons” to justify what they say, do or belief about the world. The child is taught to “rationalize”. Its like a continuous debating exercise where the family encourage the young child to look at all the facts( this is for most educated and knowledgeable parents) and select, arrange or twist the facts to support what they say is right.

The child’s young brain is being taken through a process of being “hard wired.” The neural pathways are laid down. Thinking means justifying what you feel, say or do. This goes on subtly, through gentle persuasion and finally through authoritarian dictation. Some people call this child abuse or indoctrination. But most of us call this education.

The children are never told that what the family think is right may not be the same as what other families think is right. They are never told that there are all kinds of people in the world who do things differently. They are never told that they have the option or choice to select and choose for themselves.

In an ideal parent dominated world the child will not be capable of seeing the other side. Aware of other possibilities or world view.

What saves almost all children from this intellectual disadvantage is that the child is surrounded by a very diverse environment. People do things differently. Even when they come from the same community. Very often there is disagreement between the older and the younger generation. The parents may tell it different from the grand parents. The child will become aware of the difference between “mummy” and the maid. When the child meet children from other families, they will notice differences. When they go home they will ask their parents to resolve the differences. The parents then go on to repeat the “rationalization” process. But the child will be hit by the differences at the very next meeting with their friends.

This interaction forces the child to question. All the explanations to justify or rationalize does not hold up in the face of all the differences which the child encounters daily.

Obviously another mode of explanation is necessary. Another mental path must be opened up.

This mental path is to tell the child that everything is open to question. We have to hard-wire our children’s mind so that they are free and able to questions anything. In the old days we have difficulties in getting simple answers. We need to look for a teacher. The teacher’s knowledge maybe deficient. We have difficulty verifying. We have to read a book. The book maybe hard to find or not available. But today the world has changed. We have the internet. We can find answers to anything if we know how to ask questions.

This constant questioning will contribute to the intellectual development of the children.

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Building Better Brains

We are stuck with the stuff we are borne with. But can we do something to make what we have work better? We have always taken what we have for granted, never thought much about it. And therefore did not do anything about it. So can we do something to make our brains better? Well, there are 2 things you can do to start making yourself a better brain.

Here goes:

1.Take care of what you eat and drink. Well if you have children or grand children then you better watch what you feed them. Now that you are grown up you can take some action. There are all kinds of beliefs some stranger than the bird’s nest and camel urine. But there are clear differences between people who only eat meat and those who eat vegetables only. Claims made on behalf of proteins, vitamins and herbs should be checked out.

2.Scientist tells us that brain activities are spurred by minute amounts of chemicals and electrical charges. This happens all the time. But if we do the same old things, in the same old way, with the same old people …will our brains get better? We can only get better of we are doing something new, learning something new all the time. In case you are worried that your brains will be overloaded with facts like I used to think…well dont worry. There are more than 100,000,000,000 cells in your head. So go out there, make new friends – look for some foreign types, learn a new language, learn a new skill or just take a new way to work!

Do this for a month, keep some records. Tell me if your brain has improved,

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Clouds in Your Brain

A lot of actitivities occur between your ears..too much. You like to refer to these chemical exchanges as thinking. But is it? …Well the truth is we dont know. There are lot of “things” happening which we are not conciously aware of but let us breathe, walk across the road easily. Would you call this thinking? Much of what we do are automatic responses to situations that we have come across previously….

Parents and teachers would be crossed with us for not thinking. Very often what they mean is that we do no do what they want us to do. Do parents teach their children to think? Do you? Do teachers teach children to think? Or do they teach the children to respond in a predetermined manner to the questions they posed?

If all the activities remain inside our heads there would be no problem. But inevitably what goes on inside our heads gets translated into “actions” that affect others and the environment. It becomes understandable why we are always demanding people to “think”. Thinking is important because of the things that we might or ¬†might not do.

Check this out.

Introduction To Thinking

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Thinking

A lot of things happen in our head all of the time, even when we are asleep. Are we ‘thinking”? We can say that most of the happenings are unknown to us. But whenever we are stimulated by some outside source we respond by saying something, doing something/doing nothing, feeling something etc. WHich of the things we do constitute thinking?

Are you sure you are thinking at all?

Most of the time I would say not! We are just responding as we had been taught/programmed to respond. Or we respond in ways that are not unexpected. Parents, elders and politcians will say that we are thinking when we vote or agree with them! Teachers will say we are thinking when we give the “correct” answer. The moment you dont vote for them or you give a wrong answer,,they will accuse you of not thinking!

And then there are those who say that we are thinking when we are faced with a choice. Buy this or that, take this or the other courses, support this cause or that, take up this job or that or marry this person or that. “That” being all the other alternatives that we are aware of. Unfortunately the limitation of our awareness is the problem.

So are you thinking?

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