Originally posted on January 29, 2018, “The Crux of Education” laments how many schools/school systems – whether private or public – want their students to be independent thinkers without giving them the chance to be.
The timing of this throwback could not be more appropriate as I just recently finished Dr. Christopher Emdin’s ‘For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood…and the Rest of Ya’ll Too.” See my initial comments on his text in “I Just Finished Reading,” comments on which I will expound in the coming weeks and blogs.
Here’s the crux of education: On one hand, teachers and schools want kids who think independently and formulate their own opinions. On the other hand, teachers and schools want students who are docile and pliable and follow orders without questions.
I’ve always strived to guide my students towards autonomous thinking, from the questions I ask them to the writing assignments we tackle to the organic discussions that take place.
Because these kids are going to grow up to be our leaders. And they need to be secure in their convictions and make decisions for themselves, not someone else.