This week in CEP812, we were introduced to James Paul Gee’s book The Anti-Education Era to help us understand why people are “stupid”. Building on last week’s exploration of problem types, we thought about what limitations exist that prevent us from solving big, complex problems smartly. What stood out to me the most in Gee’s text was the idea of humans developing what he calls a “mental bush consciousness” in which we only gather the knowledge which we feel we will actually use (Gee, 2013, p. 138). If knowledge doesn’t seem to affect us personally, or if we cannot figure out when in the near future we will use it, then why bother learning it? My response to Gee’s text goes into more detail behind the origin of this “mental bush consciousness”, and how I am helping my students to have a more modern mindset by becoming informed citizens in the classroom. Once we realize the importance of knowledge acquisition, we will become more informed citizens and be able to solve big, complex problems smartly. Any comments or questions on my response are appreciated. Happy reading!
The first step in solving big, complex problems smartly is to become informed. Learn about what is happening around the world, and you will begin to see a solution in sight.
[photo credit: Sackton, Tim. (6 May 2012). Don’t Forget the Passports [photo]. Retrieved from https://www.flickr.com/photos/sackton/7006934854/. ]
Gee, James Paul. (2013). The Anti-Education Era. New York, NY: St. Martin’s Press
LLC (Palgrave Macmillan).
Sackton, Tim. (6 May 2012). Don’t Forget the Passports [photo]. Retrieved