In the book “Nothing But the Truth”, a young adult fiction novel written by Avi. In “Nothing But the Truth”, Philip Malloy, the main character, begins humming during the morning announcements when the National Anthem was played. Everyone thought that he was trying to create a disturbance but Philip said that he was trying to be Patriotic. A few days later, he got suspended. Philip’s story was heard from all over the country several days later. All of Philip’s friends and teachers are trying to prove him wrong and the country thanking him for something he lied about. So to avoid the mess, Philip switched to a private school. But when the Nation Anthem played there, a teacher asked him to sing but Philip said that he doesn’t know the words. Throughout the entire book, Philip was treated fairly for many reasons. First, for how Philip was
In the James Harvey Robinson story “On Various Kinds of Thinking” and the Ralph Waldo Emerson story “Self Reliance” both of the authors talk about the different ways people process information. Along with this, the two authors address how people pursue knowledge in different ways. For Robinson, he proves that people do not only apply their minds to work ideas out, but also the persuasion of others. On the other hand, Emerson states that we have learned to follow since it is all we have ever known and do not wish to risk stepping out of our comfort zones. Both of these authors write about similar ways of learning, but their ways also differentiate from each other.
Due our limitations as recipients, which cause truth to vary among us, discovering truth becomes impossible because of its constant changes.
Yet even with these realizations that delve into the deeper meaning of education, modern education is still calling for simple measurable outcomes and continues to be geared towards specific employment ideas. This model of education is blatantly inadequate though. Many students today will end up holding jobs not yet invented in fields not yet discovered, so the teaching of answers to today’s questions is utterly useless. Albert Einstein once said, “Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.” and this statement reigns true throughout time. To continue academic success, the education system needs to impart a mastery of one’s own mind that allows students to not only answer current questions but also to pose questions that will shape the future world.
What is your understanding of “ truth” after your study of conflicting perspectives and their representation?
I sat quietly in my room, staring at the stacks of newspaper published in different languages on my desk. The drastically different opinions these newspapers express on the same issues had always surprised me. Though dissimilar from one and another, the arguments of each article appears convincing. Not knowing which one to believe, I fell into a vortex of confusion. When I was little, I thought each question can only has one solution just like every single door that can only be unlocked with one unique key. In elementary school. I was always told to behave and think in ways my teachers told me to. If two are argue about the same issue, one must be right and the other must be wrong. As usual, there is never room for doubt. When I was fourteen,
1.) I believe that truth is perceived as personal experiences and by what each of us is knowledgeable of. Each and every one of our brains holds its own capacity and ability to comprehend what it is capable of. We are able to recollect past memories, think about the future and live in the present. I think of the human mind as vast and ongoing, constantly on the go. All brains manifest things differently, therefore one situation to one person may be thought of differently in another persons brain. To one person the same exact thing may be considered "incorrect", when in reality personal truth exists and their personal perceptions may be correct in their eyes. For example everyone could be staring at the color blue and someone might argue that the color "blue" is not "blue" but that it is indeed the color red. Does that make the person wrong? No. Does that make everyone else wrong for seeing the color blue? No, they
Truth has always been a very vague and grey area for many people, it’s something that cannot be agreed on by every single person. Each person has their own set of past experiences that have built upon their morals, values and ethics. This ties in with their overall idea of why they view truth and lies in the way that do. Professor Hedrick is interesting in the way that she teaches literature through the historical point of view, proving background information that enables students to build upon this background knowledge and find the interpretation for that piece of literature. Much like our differing viewpoints on the concepts behind truth and lies can be connected to differing interpretations over a certain work of literature. But when truth
Modern civilization believes that education is an escape from the immaturity that Kant describes, which performs true transformation of a person’s mindset. Personal judgment is a necessary component of Kant's concept of a new man, of an Enlightened adult. The ability to reason correctly and to distinguish truth from error - in fact, is considered to be the marking of sanity or judgement, and is inherent in the nature of all people. The difference of our opinions does not come from the fact that one is more reasonable than the other, but only on the fact that we are focusing our thoughts in different ways and are not considering the same thing. Or maybe it is not about just having a good mind, but rather it is about using it well. It is a choice to be free from outside social forces and pressure in order to act on one’s own judgement. Freedom is required to become a separate individual from rest of the crowd, whose thoughts belong to no one but to himself.
Throughout history, philosophers have come up with their versions of the actual definition for ‘truth’. The Greek philosopher Aristotle had explained truth as “To say of what is that it is not, or of what is not that it is, is false, while to say of what is that it is, and of what is not that it is not, is true” . Aristotle explains that truth can be described as that something that is definite and distinct in its own form, nature or identity. Another Greek sophist and philosopher Protagoras held the view that “man is the measure of all things, of things that are that they are, and of things that are not that they are not”. According to him, every person’s opinion of truth is based his or her own perception of truth. In the famous
In “‘Well Duh!’ – Ten Obvious Truths That We Shouldn’t Be Ignoring”, Alfie Kohn brings attention to the controversies of education and provides examples of his slant on educational practices and policies. The focus of discussion will be on three of the authors’ examples: “knowing a lot of facts doesn’t mean you’re smart”, “students are more likely to learn what they find interesting”, and “students are more likely to succeed in a place where they feel known and cared about.” These examples, from a simplistic standpoint, offer valid educational benefits but, the author fails to account for alternative methods that do not entirely disregard the current educational practices and policies.
In Schommer’s 1997 study, she found that seniors in high school have a more complex view of epistemology (Schommer, M. 1997). Perry’s 1968 study also defends the idea that more education should predict a more complex view of epistemology (Perry, W.G., Jr, 1968). However, it was not clear whether the results would be similar in a university setting. Therefore a test was conducted to find out.
I strongly believe that people create their own knowledge through their experiences. I believe that humans are learning creatures; we constantly learn through our experiences and through the passage of time. We take in new information from our experiences, process it, and then integrate it into our own knowledge. Our knowledge is not limited to our intellectual capacity, but extends to our social awareness, and our spiritual selves. Therefore, it is important to ensure that students are prepared to enter into a society that is socially dominated, and both intellectually and spiritually demanding. We can do this through inspiring students to think critically, learn constantly, become a part of society while retaining a strong sense of self, and encouraging students to reflect on and
In today’s society, people are becoming accustomed to following the popular beliefs instead of thinking in depth and forming their own opinions. In some cases, it is evident that some individuals deviate away from the obvious which leads them to become unconsciously ignorant. In
One thing I did not understand very well while I was in school as a child was that effective schooling shouldn’t teach its participating students what to think, but rather how to think. The way I see it, as I imagine personally and understand from my time spent attempting to comprehend pedagogical theory, is that education’s main function is to help people form dispositions for thinking that they can use to be successful and happy in their lives; frames of mind, or worldviews, so to speak, that enable problem solving and one’s ability to perspectivize the world around them in such a way that they may possess or acquire tact, grace, or passion, and in ways which are honest and productive, indeed conducive to socialized human life. I believe that it is a fundamental human interest to live a good and wholesome life, be it by whatever reasonable qualifications a person may offer for that. People, I believe, desire communication, and have an interest in hearing others and being themselves heard, as do they desire to enact and also act upon cultural or social rituals that reinforce equality and justice, and so forth. The problem with this ideal, however, is that many historical, cultural, economic, psychological, and sociological forces obstruct it. Though my telling of it here may seem abstract on one level, which I certainly would not argue, I also would do an injustice in failing to point out that these are matters of practical significance as well. They are often simple