If we are afraid to reveal our lack of knowledge we will not be able to learn. In order to make progress we must admit where we are now. Such an admission of ignorance is not easy. As Thoreau says, “How can we remember our ignorance which our growth requires, when we are using our knowledge all the time?”
Mr. Thoreau’s quote shows a very point about the education of students in recent years. My mother last month had read to me an article on a website taking bout the increase in difficulty of grade levels across some Universities in England and American. There is pressure on students to have a wider range of knowledge, higher grades and more social achievement to their name. In general, we students are encouraged to know everything on the syllabus by heart. It is inconsolable that the students say they don’t know. Learning is a continuous process that allows personal growth and not just gaining an award to your name.
In m opinion, our lack of knowledge is a good thing that should be celebrated. There a very interesting Chinese proverb: “You cannot fill a teacup that is already full.”
If we fill our minds with facts and figures just to get an A on our tests. Where is the space to add new discoveries and inventions into our heads that really have value to us? Furthermore, wasn’t it due to our lack of knowledge that drove us to theorise, to imagine and to create? Our lack of knowledge is not a burden but a gift of nature. With an empty mind, one can fill it with items of valuable thoughts.
The new system feels the need to “fixed” results of tests and fills the gaps of knowledge students have to get the highest average of graduate, but it is really helpful to take away the fuel that has been the essence of growth in our society since its birth?