Over the years, the very nature of the educational institution has evolved. The educational system evolves with each new cohort of students. The educational system is one area where electronic technology has been a boon. Unfortunately, more and more stupid people can be found as a result of progress in technology. The government does nothing to fix the problem of a faulty system because it does not want intelligent citizens; all it wants is people who will obey the law. The fashion industry is “helping” society reject intelligence by sending the message that it is unattractive and uncool. As a result of these factors, there is no longer an imperative for schools to instruct their students on critical thinking skills, as the boundaries between different types of thought have become increasingly porous. Since many students are fooled into thinking that they are actually thinking, it follows that students are not learning adequate skills in school.
It’s tough to go against the grain of the media’s attempts to mould you into a certain type by encouraging you to adopt the latest trends. Unintelligent behaviour seems to be in vogue in today’s culture; “…strong currents [are] at work against the development of powers of articulateness” (Ricker 8). The lovable kook, like Homer Simpson, is a staple of many successful sitcoms. He’s incredibly dimwitted, but it’s funny, so it gives the impression that idiocy is in style. Students, who are under constant pressure to conform, “…betray a curious sense of shame about speaking articulately…” …(Ricker, 8. Students try to avoid drawing attention to themselves by not standing out as the “black sheep” of the group. They frequently resort to “hiding in the masses” (Ricker 8). Little has been done to dispel the stereotype that people who follow current trends are stupid.
Since Latin is a linguistic ancestor to many other languages, including Spanish, French, Italian, and even English, it was once required school curriculum. Despite the common misconception that Latin was taught because so many well-known works and proverbs were written there, the truth is that learning Latin is a fantastic way to gain insight into the underlying structure of languages (Ricker 7). Students often assume that reading and writing are the only skills necessary to communicate in English, but there is much more to be taught than just the correct way to form letters.
Not enough emphasis is placed on teaching proper sentence structure and grammar in the English language classroom. The thought itself is an important part of sentence formation. People, especially students, don’t know what thought it is anymore. “…everything our minds do, worrying, remembering, day dreaming…” is evil, in the eyes of these people. (Ricker 7) are mental processes, but true thought happens when we put our thoughts into words and express them clearly to ourselves. Students need consistent practise developing their ideas and articulating them clearly in order to produce quality thought. As quoted by Marvi Ricker in her essay, “There is no such thing as an inarticulate idea waiting to have the right words wrapped around it,” Northrop Frye said. Until concepts are put into words, they do not exist, and this is a lesson they must learn (Ricker 7).
Being able to read and write gives someone else the gift of independence. Learning to read equips kids to behave legally on the road (for example, a STOP sign). When students finally master the ability to reproduce a cognitive process, however, they embark on a new phase of intellectual growth: the generation of original thoughts. One of those concepts could be an explanation for breaking a norm. A government has a hard time maintaining order in a society where many individuals hold anti-authoritarian views. To mitigate this, the government will prioritise teaching its citizens to read and write fluently, while stressing that “…development of verbal competency is very left to the individual” (Ricker 8).
Because of this lack of consensus about what constitutes thinking, the educational system has failed its students. The pressures of fashion and the government have resulted in little being done to address this serious issue at the school. One can only hope that the value of teaching critical thinking skills is restored in the educational system. However, the ability to express one’s thoughts clearly will be lost unless and until society as a whole develops a deeper appreciation for the nature and value of thought. Until that time, ideas are hidden plots within the bowels of society.
These kids are at an age where inanimate objects take on a new significance as potential playthings. Let’s take a look at some toy options for them, keeping in mind their interest in interactive games and problem solving.
The first thing you should know is that babies this age can start to take a few steps, so push toys are a great option. You should make sure the push toys are heavy enough to provide some resistance to the baby’s walking as a means of encouraging healthy development of the baby’s muscles.
Toys that require the baby to sort through shapes and solve problems like how to place one shape inside of another, etc., are also great options for this age group. A baby can be entertained for hours with these toys.
The baby will have a blast with sandbox toys, like buckets and shovels, if you have a sandbox for him or her to play in.
There are few things as fun as a toy computer or phone. Babies learn a lot by observing their caregivers, and they can spend hours chatting on a toy phone with a nonexistent friend. They’re especially fond of kid-sized versions of real-life products. An alternative is a toy laptop that makes a beeping sound.
Babies may find great amusement in three-dimensional pop-up books that encourage play.
We’ve got a few more things to do, but the bare essentials are all we need right now. Babies will have blocks as a go-to toy for years to come. Hours of imaginative play and motor skill development can be had with wooden blocks, Lincoln logs, Big Legos, and other similar blocks.