Chances are, you have experienced the following scenario at least once or twice: You’re reading an article or watching a video, and the author or person speaking makes the general statement, “We all know about…” and you think, “No, I don’t know about that.”
No matter how challenging your classes were when you were growing up, chances are they did not cover everything. For instance:
- Which countries did you learn about when you took World History?
- When you were taught math in primary school, were you expected to use critical thinking, rote memorization, or both?
- If you have children, are you perplexed by the homework that uses the Common Core State Standards?
- Did your English/Language Arts classes provide a balance of fiction and nonfiction books for you to read? Which countries were the authors from?
- Did you learn how it is possible for you to have blue eyes (a recessive trait) when your parents both have brown eyes (a dominant trait)?
- How much do you know about the different major religions and the various sects/denominations/branches within them? Did you learn about them from people who are currently and joyfully active members of their religion?
- How much do you know about indigenous cultures and histories?
- Do you know how Hawai‘i became part of the United States?
- Were you able to take psychology or sociology in high school? If not, did you get to take one or both of those courses after high school?
- How comfortable are you with using modern technology?
- What are some things you wish they had covered in health class?
- Do you know how to tell when you can trust what a documentary is claiming or suggesting?
- If researchers announce the results of a study, do you know how to tell if the results are interpreted accurately by your favorite website, newspaper, or magazine? Do you know how to interpret the research and check for biases?
- Do you know how to look up information using Google Scholar?
- When someone is trying to persuade you into doing something or thinking a certain way, do you know how to detect a straw man or red herring? Do you know when someone is gas lighting you?
- If an inquisitive child asks you why the sky is blue, would you be able to explain it?
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It does indeed take a village to raise a child, but if the village forgot a few things, then you can make up for lost time as an adult.
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