“…simply make things better for someone else, as if I were to be born again, and that someone else, and it doesn't have to be me, but it could be someone like me, that they would have a better life than I had, that everyone was better. There is something seriously wrong with everyone, and that is something I observed when I was very young. We are the problem, and we need to become better, because we are fucking everything up.”
“So this is who I am. There is something seriously wrong with everyone and we need to fix it, if not for us, then for the future generations."
"Everything I have done in this life, and everything I will do, is for this purpose.”

Monday, August 22, 2016

The Best Way to Learn

Ever notice how in every single class, like the majority of what is taught comes straight from a textbook, or collection of books? I mean, what does the teacher do what interpret what is says in the teacher's edition of the textbook and shares their interpretation to the class. Yet the class is required to read the textbook anyway. So what's the point of the teacher really? I mean, why can't we just read the textbook and learn the material that way? That is what many people have done throughout history, learn by reading.

So reading is essential. But the other essential thing is a good book, that is written well and explain what it is teaching very well. If you have a bad book or book that is plain wrong then you are wasting your time. Remember books are written by people, so a person is literally writing down their knowledge for you to learn. I mean the teacher isn't the one who wrote the textbook. All they did was read it and learn it too. So do we really need this KIND of teacher? What would be useful is a teacher that helps you learn to read very well. Once you can read well then you have most of the power needed to learn anything through books. And what would be useful is that those who are discovering new things, and learning new knowledge, and are experts in fields that have knowledge that haven't been written down, to then give lectures and teach what they know. Because then you are teaching a process of doing, which is an investigation and is a skill that can be taught. Just like how reading is a skill. So skill is the most important thing to teach. Once you know how to read the basics of a language you will progress and utilize things like a dictionary and introductory textbooks to learn any new field you choose.

If we focused on everyone having the best reading skill from an early age, we wouldn't need teachers for the rest of the subjects. All we would need to do is to provide access to books, as well as test and exercises. The book has all the knowledge needed to learn. Instead we could focus on writing good books. This would free so much more time, because reading can be much faster than speaking/listening, given your skill and experience reading. The greatest teachers then would be the ones that write the greatest books that explain their knowledge the best. And so the only needed role for classroom teachers would be to teach reading, that's it. And guess what, you learn how to write through reading how other people write, which you get by reading books! So you copy and learn to write like the best books you read. You simply speak your voice and your mind, which is you's view, which is developed by simply being exposed to the best of the best through reading the best books. Simple and natural learning.

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