On January 12, Inger Enkvist, a world-renowned expert on education, published a Third on ABC entitled ‘Educating to think’. This excellent Third, loaded with common sense and based on the author’s teaching experience, underlined that, in order to have critical thinking, you must first have a lot of knowledge, since it is impossible to criticize something without knowing it. Progressive ideology has impregnated education with some harmful topics: moral relativism, the loss of authority of the teacher or the absence of a truth. In the liquid society in which we live, it is considered that each one builds ‘their truth’ to their liking and if it does not coincide with reality, let reality be annoyed. Many
Young people consider that the important thing is to be comfortable with oneself and to be accepted (especially in social networks). In this context, the task of training young people so that, without impositions, they make the right decisions, know how to distinguish between good and bad, and are aware of the importance of the actions carried out, is exciting.
Numerous theories consider, in my opinion erroneously, that man is a selfish, amoral and materialistic being, denying the spiritual dimension of the person and following the well-known phrase of Thomas Hobbes: «Man is a wolf to man». With the desire to complete and surpass this vision, Professor Manuel Guillen Parra, director of the IECO Chair and promoter of the Humanistic Management movement in Spain, has published the book ‘Motivation in Organizations. Sense of Work’. This text advocates an interdisciplinary approach that considers the spiritual dimension of people, rejects a negative and dehumanized conception of the person and affirms that people act in search of what they consider good. For this reason, teachers must train young people so that they are able to think critically, question their starting points and have an eagerness to learn. Nowadays, many young people are easily influenced by what the networks say or the opinions of those they have as a model. In this context, it is essential to know that what moves them to act and gives meaning to what they do is the desire to obtain what they think is good. Therefore, educators must develop a humanistic, realistic and practical pedagogy. Proposing a healthy balance between the aspects that make up personal, family and professional life. Based on universal ethical and moral principles. In this way, young people will have more possibilities to learn what is good and what is not. This will lead to greater success in the decisions that must be made freely.
These objectives are hindered by the desire of the current socialist-communist government to implement an educational model that facilitates indoctrination, borreguismo and the transmission of an ideology. That is, the students do not know how to think or reason. The model of society that we will have tomorrow depends on the formation of today’s youth. Abraham Lincoln once said: “The prevailing philosophy in the classroom will be the philosophy of the government of the future.”
Ignatius Danvila del Valle
He is a full professor at the UCM