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Making the tacit more explicit

Posted on: February 19, 2020

Uh, so this happened recently. Thankfully the hysteria around COVID-19 is not widespread here, but there is a lot of ignorance.

The problem is that the ignorance is not as obvious as this person’s attire. It is tacit.

Such ignorance becomes explicit only when it is embodied in behaviour. It could be spreading a rumour, making unwarranted claims, or propagating falsehoods.

I often tell novice educators that evidence of learning is often performative. We cannot read our students’ minds, so we need them to show us what they think they know.

The same could be said of ignorance, misconception, and bias. It is hidden and needs to be exposed. Perhaps that is why we called the alternative “being open-minded”.

It is important to have an open mind, but not so much that rubbish falls in.

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