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Manifesto on Teaching

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Manifesto: A written statement declaring publically the intentions, motives, or views of its issuer.
My Guiding Principle as a Teacher:
The way I think humans learn is well stated by Harry Harlow's "Error Factor Theory." Harlow argued that learning consists of getting rid of errors, much in the same way that Michaelangelo said sculpting was the process of chiseling away all the rock that doesn't belong. Here is a link of quotes about the importance of learning from errors.
Learning will be most facilitated when mistakes can be made. Students (and teachers) need the freedom to be wrong.
My Teaching Mission:

The human cognitive system is technology--an evolved technology. My teaching mission is to remove human psychology from the realm of the magical to the realm of the understood.


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