Posted March 11, 2016on:
Is it Opposite Day? That was one of my reactions when I read and reread this tweet.
There might be some context lost in a 140-character tweet. I read the tweets around it, but found none.
If this is “food” for thought, I am not swallowing uncritically.
Should one lead learners by teaching them their duty, but not their rights? Can we even consider teaching them responsibility without freedom?
To do this means to school students into obeying and following. This is about enculturation and indoctrination, period.
Education has a function greater than schooling. It is about liberating people from ignorance and fear. It is about letting people know they have a right to consume and create, collaborate and critique, communicate and change. It is about giving them the freedom to explore, question, and grow.
Educating for the future is the same as educating in the past and educating now. It is about teaching rights as much as duty. It is about teaching freedom as much as responsibility. It is about focusing on the individual so that the collective benefits.
You can lead learners by the nose or you can lead them by their hearts. The first way is unquestioning; the second relies on questions.
And since we are on the topic of leadership, here is a poignant thought from a fictional president.
Where the tweeted line of thought goes, I dare not follow. My mind and heart do not allow it because I am educated, not just schooled. It is my right to point out a wrong because it is also my duty. It is my responsibility to free critical thought.