The stories about youths ruined by the education system are legion. My own encounters over the years confirm that students are taught to never question the state of their knowledge; to work to a grade and to not doubt the value of that grade.
Students and parents mistakenly believe that grades correspond to the state of their knowledge. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Adoring parents enforce these misconceptions, enabling bad teachers, and giving pedagogues (mostly mediocre or sub-par minds) ample cover.
In this context, I seldom give interviews, because young interviewers, while genuinely interested, poor things, are unable to grapple with substance and content.
I feel for these promising young minds. They’ve been deprived. They most certainly have not been taught to distill, analyze and question information. Unable to grapple with content, young minds resort to process-oriented gibberish:
“How do you feel about… What made you … Who inspired you.” Sorry, old chap. That’s not going to cut it. It’s what you ask the traditional Agony Aunt.
See, your kids are taught by women and their house-trained boys. So they look at the world not in search of substance, data, insights; but by escaping into different states of feeling.
Having said that, I am so happy to report that I’ve been pleasantly surprised by a young Millennial. He had “reached out”—scrap that phrase, please, use “contacted”—with a request for an interview.
After reading his questions to me, I replied somewhat curtly by saying that his were questions better addressed to a YouTube fresh face or some young social-media sensation.
I explained why and told my young interlocutor I’d be glad to look over his revised questions once he got his bearings.
I had expected that he’d huff and puff as ego-maniacal Millennials usually do, when criticized.
But what a pleasant surprise awaited.
The young conservative replied thus:
OK. That’s definitely right. I enjoy your writing very much. Will get back with different questions. Thank you very much
My reply to his:
I knew you could be pushed to grapple with material. You’re better than the previous questions you sent, smarter. Give me a week and I will get back to you with answers to new questions. Good for you for being a good sport.
Came his reply:
Thank you for encouraging me. I really appreciate it … [and other stuff I won’t share]
AND MY YOUNG INTERVIEWR’S REVISED QUESTIONS ARE SHARP. They’ll be shared when answered.
Pushing good minds in the right (and Right) direction, provided they don’t suffer hubris, can work.
No. Traditional, teacher-centered learning is the only way to begin to reverse progressive, child-centered miseducation. Restoring hierarchy is essential.
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— Student-Centered World (@StuCentWorld) October 13, 2018