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Them’s the facts…

Posted on: May 17, 2021

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This YouTube video was designed for entertainment, but that does not mean we cannot use it for education. 

Its main message seemed to be that factual information can change over time and circumstance. To paraphrase what one reactor said: A fact is a fact until it isn’t.

What we accept as facts, be it about our planetary system or people in history, change because we acknowledge and overcome ignorance. This is not just due to the accumulation of more information. It is due to the willingness to do so because of a simultaneously open and critical mindset. In the context of the USA, the change is recognising that their history has been whitewashed, i.e., told largely from the Caucasian point of view.

The video also compared how physical education (PE) and sex education has changed in the the USA. A snapshot of what idealised PE looked like in the JFK era looked different from an anecdote now, but sex education in some states in the USA might not have changed much since then.

The fact of the matter is this: As far as we might have come from schooling then, it is not far enough for the now. Schooling is inherently conservative because it is steered by committees. Once we accept that fact, we might then insist that these committees play by the principles below.

If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow. -- John Dewey
Do not confine your children to your own learning, for they were born in another time.
Tomorrow's educational progress cannot be determined by yesterday's successful performance.

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