1: A passive verbal presentation as an attempt to educate others.
2: A parent passing morals to their child.
Words of Wisdom; Words of Control.
1: Professor Stinkbrain’s lecture on Acrobatic Snow Shoveling took place outside the school gym, and turned into an amusing snowball fight.
2: Dad lectured me when he found out I stuffed my sister’s shoes with chicken nuggets.
Ever hear a conversation and realize the only thing people have to say is a fact they’ve read on the Internet? I hear this all the time at restaurants, usually over my shoulder while I’m reading a book – you know, those sacrilegious relics with useful knowledge?
In these conversations, it’s two or more professors lecturing each other. Each believes they’re smarter than the other, and so continue by repeating what has been said but with different words, or break into a debate over the proper use of platinum vibrators.
Rarely does one person in the conversation ask a question, and if they do, it’s rhetorical. Which is really all a debate is: one big, steaming pile of rhetorical statements and questions. This is where education fails.
Sitting passively is the least effective method to learn. You feel you’re absorbing knowledge, but when you receive one message the speaker is onto the next; your focus is broken and the pattern continues until the speaker is finished.
The education system, which is really just a series of lectures and homework, is deliberately constructed to ensure it churns out passive workers, ready to be hired for a job instead of a future.
That distinction is important: no meaningful future can be had if you’re passively accepting what others tell you to do. Employers rely on this steady supply of workers who don’t question them, which, sending a child through twelve years of passive learning, is what they’ll get.
What You Can Do:
Getting an education is important, and a lecture could be quite helpful, provided the speaker is as intelligent about the topic as he is about how he delivers.
Find interactive lectures; ones where the speaker asks questions, gets the audience involved and moving.