“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” – William Butler Yeats
Education should have as it’s ultimate goal making a person an autonomous learner – someone who wonders, who has curiosity, and who is equipped to learn.
Being equipped to learn doesn’t just mean the three R’s. I means learning to harness intuition, do research, and come up with new ideas. It means to think critically and question what one assumes to be true.
It doesn’t mean being an isolated scholar. Learning is a social activity that draws on contemporary thought, and the vast body of knowledge amassed by thousands of years of humanity.
Humans dominate the planet because they collaborate and learn from one another.
Will we be smart enough to keep our Earth habitable?
R B Shreve, EARTH DAY 2019