Friday, March 8, 2019

Socrates As A LifeLong Learner In A Digital Age

Socrates As A LifeLong Learner In A Digital Age:

“The more I learn, the more I learn how little I know.” Socrates

Lifelong learners seek to examine the claims and theories within their disciplines’ body of knowledge before accepting them as worthy of belief.

  • An unexamined life is not worth living.
  • True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.
  • I know that I am intelligent because I know that I know nothing.
  • When the debate is over, slander becomes the tool of the loser.
  • Beware the barrenness of a busy life.
  • Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.
  • By all means marry: if you get a good wife, you’ll become happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.
  • To find yourself, think for yourself.
  • I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.
  • There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.

    Socrates determined that while learning new information, we are challenging our current understanding. He discovered that by applying this method of probing questioning to theories of people in power, they could not rationally justify their claim to knowledge just because they held positions of authority. By questioning and examining life, Socrates established that persons could hold high position yet still be deeply confused, have self-contradictory beliefs and inadequate evidence to their rhetoric (National Council for Excellence in Critical Thinking, 2019). I view this philosophy as the beginning of empirical research.

New research and new information should not only inform our experiences but challenge our accepted frameworks for understanding, interpreting, translating and analyzing to form our own knowledge. Application of knowledge for the examined life is of utmost importance in the learning and teaching journey. As lifelong learner practitioners and scholars, it is our profound duty to apply this philosophy and probing questioning within the classrooms we study and within the classrooms where we teach.
 As an online educator and practitioner-scholar, I strive to help each student realize his or her potential as a worthy, effective, and positive member of society. While I am teaching, I am also working to stimulate the spirit of inquiry, the acquisition of knowledge and skill, and the thoughtful formulation of worthy goals. I exert every effort in this process in order to provide an online classroom climate with the freedom to learn, high yet attainable standards, and the guarantee of the opportunity for equal education for all.
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