Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Studying Our Instincts May Benefit Education

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Studying Our Instincts May Benefit Education

Article excerpt

I HAVE several friends who have complained about secondary education.

They have grandchildren who have completed their education at public and private schools who cannot read or write in any real sense.

They are adept with computers but have no keyboard skills - they cannot type.

I smiled the other day when I saw our Prime Minister using one finger on his computer!

Then I thought about lower forms of life, such as insects, and noticed a startling fact.

A mosquito or a fly when born is an adult with a tertiary education. He knows all that an adult can know and reacts appropriately and successfully to his environment. All lower forms have these inbuilt instincts which allow them to react in ways to ensure their survival. Their goals are preset and simple - survive and reproduce.

We have this sort of nervous system also but our goals are much more complex.

We have these survival instincts but the problem is that we have a "semi-free will" and can override these instincts. …

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