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Human Survival Depends on Teachers

Human Survival Depends on Teachers


Survival of the human race is dependent on teachers. I’m specifically excluding the scholastic teachers. We gain benefits with an education, but survival exists as long as we have the fundamentals for survival.


Humans are not like the sea turtle. Their survival is solely driven by instinct. The female turtle is attracted to the beach, where she digs a hole, lays eggs, and buries them. After completing the task, she returns to the ocean.


What happens to the turtles after they hatch is instinctual. They crawl out of the sand and start their journey to the ocean. Whether they make it depends on the challenges they face. No one teaches, it’s just part of their DNA.


Perhaps We Are All Born To Be Teachers

When someone requires assistance, it seems a person nearby is willing to extend a helping hand. Civilization depends on input from multiple sources to survive. Our fellow humans thrive on interaction with other sources created by humans. Even people living off the grid in remote regions. A person created tools to help even the loner. The method to use them was a learned experience. Clothes, utensils for cooking, shelter to protect us from the elements. Many things for simple survival, to keep us safe, fed, and warm.


Is teaching part of our DNA?

What we learn, is it an absolute or many personal experiences?


We know if you touch something hot, it could burn you. Reaction is you remove your hand. Instinct or learned? Perhaps both. You stand out in the rain with no protection. Results; you will come away from the experience feeling like a drowned rat.


Not all learning is by knowledge. We can learn through experiences. We may not even realize the experience predicts our reaction at a later date.


Memory for learning

Psychologists divide memory into the first 15-30 seconds, and they call this short-term memory, and all the rest of memory that lasts beyond 30 seconds is long-term memory. (Memories that endure outside of immediate consciousness are known as long-term memories.) Can someone with amnesia learn from an experience? With explicit memory, we can recollect, recall, and have recognition.


Implicit memory is of a past event with no conscious recollection of the event. Knowledge is acquired, but not aware of the learning experience. Memories contain stored information on objects and body movements, as using a pencil or riding a bicycle. Implicit memory encoded and presumed stored in the brain.


Experiment with amnesic patient

Correlation between implicit memory and implicit learning can be described in a wonderful example of an amnesic patient by Dr. Edouard Claparede. Every time he entered the patient’s room, he had to reintroduce himself. She never recognized him. On one visit, he hid a tack in his hand. She got pricked when she shook his hand. The next time he met the patient, she refused to shake his hand. She didn’t know why, but unconsciously learned the lesson of the danger.


Unique learning

Most of our learning is unique to our own experiences. Such with classical conditioning how we react to what is happening in the environment. What makes us happy, sad, fearful or any other response? But not the same reaction in someone else encountering the same circumstance.


So how does this knowledge help us function? Think of how you learned to read or write. Reputation and the act of conscious recollection did it. We handle vast quantities of information daily. Past learning waits for us to retrieve when there is a problem to solve. By intuition, we pull from this knowledge and the insight to apply it. Verification achieved when what we set out to do was a success.


How we interact influences how we perceive the world in our environment. Although our family has an influence on us, the non-family environment has a bigger effect. We each have our own unique experiences with others that are not part of our family. We had different friends, teachers, and social environment.


Birth order of children

Birth order can be a game changer of who we are. In most cases, first-born are achievers and last born are rebels. I’m the last born and my parents had more of a challenge when they raised me.


First born kids identify with their parents. With a younger sibling, they have someone to teach. Middle kids have the benefit of an older child teaching them and they get to teach a younger child. Last born have no one to teach. Only child has neither a child to teach them or no one to teach. I found this information fascinating. Following are a few experiences that confirm this interesting fact.


My youngest brother and I moved with our parents to our new island home. We had to catch a school bus. What I recall through the school years points to being taught what he expected of me. When we were home, we played together but at school, well, I never saw him. I never sat with him on the bus and never saw him at lunchtime.


My daughter is an only child. Many times, she blurted out something she did. She never needed an older sibling, as she always told on herself. Luck had it. I could spend hours with her discussing life. Many times she came home and told me how she had given her friend advice on how to handle a difficult problem. As I listened, I am thinking wait a minute, this was one of our discussions 6 months ago. She found other kids to teach. I’m inclined to believe teaching is a genuine method of learning.


Teaching experiences

Psychologists found most cases, the birth order influenced how the children reacted, although not always a fact.


However, we cannot deny that some people are genuinely terrible at it. Example is the impatient obnoxious person who is insistent on taking over a task because they believe you are incompetent. No one needs that teaching experience.


We teach people how to treat us and sometimes we fail by not setting strong boundaries.


Yet when an opportunity arises to teach someone, we arrive with plenty of our wisdom. Even if unappreciated by the student, but that doesn’t stop us from trying.


Leave a reply, would love to hear what you think:

Has interactions with siblings influenced your learning or teaching?

If you have children, do you see differences by birth order?

Do you believe our genetic make up drives us to teach?


Reference to: Dr. Edouard Claparede



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