Thursday, September 13, 2007


Translation from Dutch of this successful blogpost that gave me a rank 390 (out of 100 000) for one day.
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Be innovative
An exercise in logic.
(1) the Dutch subculture of sixes (to go for a six out of ten as a student's strategy) is responsible for the lack of innovation.
(2) The minister said it, so it is true.
Number (2) unfortunately has to be dismissed because it isn't a valid formal logical argument (Dutch: drogreden):(a) argumentum ad hominem.
It will be difficult to tackle the first statement when there is no argument to support it.
So it's a challenge. (1) implies there is a connection between (1a) Dutch subculture of sixes and (1b) the lack of innovations.
Hmmm. *thinks*
(1) implies there is a connection between (-1a) subculture of excelling and (-1b) innovation.
Hmmm. *thinks*
Before taking out the model from M out of the closet... In verstand op nul, van Dudink I read there is a connection between somewhat lower grades and a higher creativity. On a Christian site about giftedness, I once read that creativity is associated with transforming the input (knowledge) obtaining another output. One child sees a heap of sand; another sees a heap of sand and hieroglyphs what may lead to questions... The second child may get less high grades for reproductive work, because it may give strange answers. Ergo: maybe a subculture of sixes should lead to innovation? Now I really don't understand anything anymore. Who is right, knowledge or power? Bas Haring, I judge.

5 comments:

samlcarr said...

So absolutely true. There are so many ways to think, to arrive at a 'right' answer but also to get a 'wrong' answer that still works!

Odile S said...

The strangest thing is that I agree that children should be more responsible for their own learning. But how can children when parents and schools make efforts to take away responsibilities and thinking from them?
By the way, I wonder if there are (sub)cultural differences.

Odile S said...

Sam, btw, I'm trying to visit your blog but having technical difficulties with my old computer. Do you have a feed address, so I can read that instead?

samlcarr said...

Odile,

In India almost all schools emphasise only memorisation skills and do not allow even minor variations so that even when the textbook is faulty, all the faults will be perfectly reproduced!

A lot of people complain about not being able to load my blog and i think it's bcoz i have too much stuff in the sidebar.
An alternate to just read the RSS feed is there at feedburner. Bloglines also works well.

http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/iCMj

Odile S said...

In India almost all schools emphasise only memorisation skills and do not allow even minor variations so that even when the textbook is faulty, all the faults will be perfectly reproduced!
Reproductive skill is certainly important, but what about learning to think? Or is thinking skill something that is stimulated as part of culture?
I have been reading about Feuerstein, who worked more with people than writing down how he got his amazing success.

*new* item at Chez Odile is the metachat where Creatives and Thinkers meet.

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