Tuesday, January 16, 2007

The Role of the Teacher

The proper role of a teacher is to instill confidence so that one can eventually and ultimately discover the unknown on their own. That is the measure of success for any real teacher; the phony ones think that the job of the teacher is to ensure their own job security -- which is therefore, to make the student dependent on their instruction -- for the rest of their lives if possible.

And in fact, the more of this kind of education one receives, the more he requires “more education,” or in the informal media versions, unending “more infotainment.” They become addictions of themselves -- finding out what the New York Times thinks is so important, etc.

The exception is finding better and better sources of information that is a stimulus to one’s own thinking. The old mainstream media won’t like that because they want to do all the thinking for everybody else -- as their power and control in this world. Undoubtedly, they will be very successful at maintaining this control over some people -- but not the best people, who are also the most formidable and influential.

Such people have always existed as de facto leaders, even while they were reviled and disrespected while they lived. Once dead, they are no longer threats and can then be honored and celebrated. But while they lived, and as they lived, they were a challenge to the entrenched status quo who got where they are because of the way things were -- and predictably, had no interest in changing that.

If it was by instructing the “ignorant,” they regarded that ensuring a steady supply of ignorant people, was their job. Likewise, there is more money to be made instructing the incompetent than the competent -- unless one has clearly established supercompetence, which only the very competent can recognize. But then becomes the problem of competition, envy, resentment and the claims that they thought of it first. Some politicians may even claim that they “invented it," along with every great idea that has ever arisen in that society and culture, and that is why they should be President.

Very often now, it is the people in media, who initially began interviewing great thinkers and doers in society, who then decide to cut out the middleman and just place themselves as the greatest thinkers in the world. Editors are not immune from such delusions and ambitions also. That is how power corrupts -- particularly in people who have never developed the proper humility that goes with creating anything on their own. They think it is enough just to claim the credit.

A few years back, I recall offering a suggestion on how it might be possible to have an arthritis cure, to which I was chastised that “anybody who claims to have a cure for arthritis is a con-artist,” and a few years later on checking back in on their website, saw that their greatest fundraiser was the book they were offering for having written the authoritative book of alternative cures for arthritis.

The proper role of the teacher is to challenge authority at the highest level -- to discern the truth beyond mere authority.

Understanding Conditioning, Channel 52 (OAHU) 1/18/2007 11:00:00 AM A revolutionary new way of looking at exercise. Environmental/Health


At January 16, 2007 3:15 PM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

What is really sad is watching people "teaching" what the student is not interested in learning -- and even being forced into thinking that they have to learn it as though it was going to do them any good.

At January 17, 2007 3:01 PM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

In today's world, there is time enough for learning -- at any stage of one's life -- when the time is right for it.

And rather than the traditional thinking that it is most important for the young people, those who benefit most are the older people -- and the older they are, the greater need for an intelligent response for the challenges of life.

People are educated "not to learn," rather than to learn. Learning is like breathing, which the body does automatically -- but there are many willing to teach one "how to breathe," or "how to get one's heart pumping," as though that was a learned behavior.

So one when one hears people using these phrases, as teachers, as experts, you know they are looking for those who don't know any better, were't paying attention in health and biology classes.

These are the people who as teachers, will demand that when they say "Jump," your only response will be to ask, "How high?", as though that was a sign of intelligence.

Those who will be most susceptible to this kind of wrong-thinking, will be those who have been taught "how to think," as though that was not the natural functioning of the brain -- which is of course, instruction in how not to think and to let others do one's "thinking" for them.

At January 17, 2007 3:09 PM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

That's why most people are out of shape; they're not listening to what their own bodies are telling them, to what their own mirrors are showing them to be true -- but instead are listening to the "experts" who tell them there is no relationship between the academic and the actual.

And in fact, they will even argue that a body sadly out of shape and condition, must be an indication of supremely high intelligence.


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