following my last post, I cannot help mentioning the thought that crept up in my mind some time ago. It is about how we occupy large swathes of time by stuffing our children’s memory with facts that can easily be looked up.
So kids are forced to sit on desks and benches in classrooms simply learning how to memorise facts that can easily be stored and looked up by using modern technology.
Our education is so completely old-fashioned and out-of-date.
The lack of sport and physical exercise, which would not only increase our children’s mental health but also their physical health is manifested in forcing kids to spend years memorising dates, places, facts.
All data can easily be looked up and re-called using apps and reference literature, Google or other internet searches.
Even Einstein is firmly wedged into my memory for not being one of these people who spend most of their brain’s capacity with stuffing references into it but for not memorising facts that can easily be looked up and so freeing up space for being able to invent new concepts and enrich us with his findings.
When I watch quiz shows on television I think those people with photographic memory have the talent to remember all those dates and facts but for the average human being, it would be more practicable to learn to make good use of references libraries and apps that quickly supply knowledge needed.
Today there is almost an app for every query we may have. You can quickly look up
- dates of historical events
- country borders
- kings and queens
- names of flowers
- mathematical equations
to name just a view.
There was a point memorising knowledge when there was no other way of looking it up easily. At the time when only few people could afford or reach books, which used to contain all knowledge, it made sense to make kids memorise every known fact.
But today with the steep increase of events, the constantly changing political and geographical landscape, the time spend memorising and learning facts in classrooms takes away from the time people can have actually keeping physically fit.
I think the lack of progress for humanity hinges on the simple inability to progress and take modern technology into account. Rather than remain old-fashioned gullible humans who will soon use robots to do the work for us, we should free our brain power and learn to be creative.
Much brain health is created by swimming as it increases the blood flow to the brain, which increases intellect and mental capacity.
So perhaps the wasted time our children have to spend learning how to memorise facts that can be looked up anyhow, is what makes it partly a reason for the deep dissatisfaction people get from schooling these days.
I notice that pupils who spend more time with sporting activities appear generally happier and content than those forced to spend all day indoors within the four walls of smaller classrooms.