Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach

If You Think Education Is Expensive, Try Ignorance

Kids who can heave up facts are rewarded with the highest marks.

Someone who memorises quickly and easily is called smart.

But do we really want to applaud children who can rattle off the states of the European Union in order of accession?

Our education spends too much time telling and too little engaging.

Which is how kids get the idea science is a collection of right answers.

But many scientific discoveries aren’t locked in.

Pluto was kicked out of the planet club. Electrons don’t actually orbit the nucleus of atoms. And dinosaurs were more feathery than scaly.

Science is an ongoing investigation—wrong ideas are dropped and the right notions are kept—and it starts with a method.

Schools should focus on teaching the method, rather than the result that comes out of it.

Otherwise every scientific correction will lead to an existential crisis—“Grade school taught me there were nine planets! NINE!”—rather than a new kind of appreciation for our cosmic home.

P.S. My witty title? It’s a quote from comedian and speech-writer, Robert Orben.

By Jeroen Elsing
Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach