The philosophy behind the quote
This quote comes from a book from 1969 by Neil Postman and Charles Weingartner called Teaching as a Subversive Activity. The foundation of this philosophy is that inquiry is a dynamic activity that leads to meaningful learning. This can be extended and applied to any situation that arises in the life of a student from preschool through adulthood and beyond. The term “life-long learner” is directly related to this inquiry-based, critical thinking model.
Competent learners will experience:
• Self-confidence in their learning ability
• Pleasure in problem solving
• A keen sense of relevance
• Reliance on their own judgment over other people’s or society’s
• No fear of being wrong
• No haste in answering
• Flexibility in point of view
• Respect for facts, and the ability to distinguish between fact and opinion
• No need for final answers to all questions, and comfort in not knowing an answer to difficult questions rather than settling for a simplistic answer.