Albert Einstein: “A Foolish Faith In Authority Is The Worst Enemy Of The Truth”

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The child’s mind is treated as a filing cabinet, constantly taught information that has been regurgitated over the generations. Rather than teachers speaking with students, they are speaking at them. The ability to learn is slowly drained from the student as they learn first and foremost how to parrot information, rather than critically think about it. [1]

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According to one article, one of our greatest thinkers is quoted to have said, “a foolish faith in authority is the worst enemy of the truth.” Just think about that quote for a moment. Made decades ago, Einstein had the foresight to see where humanity was failing. It returns to the education system: we’re handing our children over in blind faith to an education system that produces repeaters. We’re taught to accept authority as truth rather than question it.

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Children are encouraged to conform as part of the education factory.[2] It’s not uncommon to witness homeschooled children excelling, while classroom students lag, out of boredom or retaliation, as they experience the ‘one-size-fits-all’ model. They may even be labelled as ADHD. Sir Ken Robinson, covers this topic in his conferences. [3]

Homeschooling allows the child to think outside the box and promotes critical thinkers for our future generations. It moves the child away from indoctrination, allowing them to ask real questions and consider multiple answers. Children thrive when encouraged to search for the answer themselves.

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I spoke with an ‘old-school’ retired history (revolutions) teacher, and also a current teacher who works with children aged 6 to 8. Both concur that the education system is now full of troubled students who are forced to conform. According to the retired teacher, “you must grab the attention of the student at an early age. The age of eight is the critical period.” He explains that this is when they’re at their peak of discovering the ‘outside’ world. Get their attention then, and they are forever a student of life, he suggests. Now retired, he gives local tours of his historic town to children to get them ‘thinking’ about the world around them, where they come from, and where they’re going. [4]

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The education system is tailored to spoon feed students with answers. Learning is an experience where you must question everything: Where, when, why, who and how. Is it any wonder the media are now following the same path as young graduates enter the field of journalism? [5] The effects of the education system are flowing into all areas of society.

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Socrates once said, “I cannot teach anybody anything; I can only make them think.” Both teachers interviewed agreed: We must teach our children how to think, not what to think.


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[1] Albert Einstein: “A Foolish Faith In Authority Is The Worst Enemy Of The Truth” Retrieved from http://themindunleashed.org/2013/12/albert-einstein-foolish-faith-authority-worst-enemy-truth.html

[2] Martino, J. (2014). This Is What Happens When A Kid Leaves Traditional Education. Retrieved from http://themindunleashed.org/2014/05/happens-kid-leaves-traditional-education.html

[3] AnonHQ – Anon Watcher (2015) Did education create ADHD and kill creativity? http://anonhq.com/education-create-adhd-kill-creativity/

[4] Personal sources will not be divulged.

[5] Sygula, M. (201). Why You Should Question Everything. Retrieved from http://themindunleashed.org/2014/12/question-everything.html


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1 COMMENT

  1. Philosophy, logic and ethics ought to be compulsory courses. However, since governments understand how dangerous the masses could be if they could think and reason without their compulsory brainwashing, ie.,’education’, they discourage philosophy, logic and ethics in favour of a rote education. More often than not, I answer questions with questions. It’s not only educational, it’s highly entertaining.

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