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Children must be taught how to think, not what to think

Common category: Author : Merlin Vimal
Posted On : 2016-08-02 18:04:51

Today’s children are going to be the future generation so care should be taken while teaching them. The famous saying “Children must be taught how to think, not what to think” by Margaret Mead need to be made into practice for creating innovative minded children. Educators, teachers and parents have to encourage children to think for themselves, follow their interests and explore the ideas that inspire their curiosities.

Benjamin Greene says, “The biggest atrocity of all is to indoctrinate our children into a system that does not value their creative expression, nor encourage their unique abilities.”

As per the quote, the education system that prevails now wants the children to think in a way others think and makes education more industrialized. It will work only in case of robots that are programmed about the actions to be performed. This has to be changed first of all in order bring out the unique talents of the children. Creative expression of children has to be valued and their unique abilities has to encouraged.

A child must be taught to learn, unlearn and relearn on their own. Memorizing the concept and exposing it as such will ruin the thinking capacity of the children rather understanding the concept and producing the meaningful content will enhance their thinking ability. Logical thinking, critical thinking and reasoning are the skills that need to be developed in children at their young age itself. Making children to realize their strength and weakness is the one of the important steps to be done by parents and teachers.

Kindle the curiosity of the children and enable them to think on their own from various dimensions. This will enable them to face and handle any situations in their life.


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