Thanks to Stephen for the link to this Invisible Learning
“Our education system needs to better understand the technologies students are using, what students are doing with that technology, what they are learning, how to better understand how much students are learning and what they are capable of doing. All those interested in education should be doing this with a lens of teaching how to learn, not specifically in teaching specific skills, and with an understanding that learning doesn’t stop at graduation, learning has become a life-long process.”
A education system lets all who want to learn learn.
According to Mencius, education must awaken the innate abilities of the human mind. He denounced memorization and advocated active interrogation of the text, saying, “One who believes all of a book would be better off without books” (尽信书，则不如无书, from 孟子.尽心下). One should check for internal consistency by comparing sections and debate the probability of factual accounts by comparing them with experience.
Mencius emphasized the significance of the common citizens in the state. While Confucianism generally regards rulers highly, he argued that it is acceptable for the subjects to overthrow or even kill a ruler who ignores the people’s needs and rules harshly. This is because a ruler who does not rule justly is no longer a true ruler.
If we are to think of education as a means to produce good citizenship, then we must also think about how education should benefit and value its citizens, not just for the sake of the interests of rulers, or ruling parties concerned, but all those learners, workers, citizens etc.
So, how would this be translated in modern education and social media?
Photo: Wikipedia The Good Samaritans
Confucius once said:
- (Positive form): One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself.
- (Negative/prohibitive form, also called the Silver Rule): One should not treat others in ways that one would not like to be treated.
It seems that some of these principles developed in the past could be translated in modern term and still be applicable in social media. A great digital scholar would treat others as one would like others to treat oneself, in social media. That is empathy, social intelligence and love.