What’s the Point of Learning Science?
… or Anything Else?
They hadn’t invented kindergarten yet, so I started first grade in that little old one-room schoolhouse up on Edward’s Hill in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State.
Must be I’m a bit slow, because sixty-one years later I’m still hanging out in classrooms trying to figure out this learning thing.
Here’s what I don’t get.
We’ve “progressed” from one teacher in a room of eleven kids in all six grades with nothing but a blackboard, chalk, a few books and a stove to heat lunch on to highly specialized classrooms, Masters’ Degree teachers, an abundance of electronic devices and governmental decree to leave no child behind.
We’ve also gone from writing answers on paper and doing “numbers” in our head to the super efficient world of Scantron bubble sheets and hand-sized computing machines.
All this has happened, but things don’t seem to get better in the world of learning. In fact, they seem to be getting worse.
· kids can’t calculate without buttons to push
· memorization appears to be a… ummm… sorry… forgot the point…
· knowledge resides in Google, not minds
· CRITICAL THINKING might be a LOST ART
Having mused on these things for a few decades, I think it’s possible to give a reasonable response why learning is a good and necessary thing, and especially why it’s a good thing within the context of helping us mere mortals point to the glory of God as Creator and Redeemer.
If we accept that last statement as more than Sunday morning drivel we’re beginning to catch on to the true meaning of our existence.
In concluding the “ranting and raving” for today, my next post will use the example of the profound leap of faith that the world famous physicist, Max Planck, made as his intellectual adventure ushered in the quantum age.
Bet you can’t wait, eh?
I invite you to join the group as we banter about ideas and mental images of the role that knowledge and use of science have affected our lives. More importantly, join our discussion of trying to figure out how genuine God-stuff fits into all this.