Updated: Can your teacher teach you what you want to learn?


“The reasonable man adapts himself to the conditions that surround him… The unreasonable man adapts surrounding conditions to himself… All progress depends on the unreasonable man.”

This post was triggered by me reading a few really good articles… Observing myself I was really clear, that although I enjoyed the articles, it never became knowledge, it stayed information.

Words don’t teach. Speaking only talks to the mind… Real teaching happens NOT when you get stuff with your mind… Transformation doesn’t happen in the mind: transformation happens by taking you out of your mind… All that talking keeps you in the mind. Alas…

Growing up I lived in the shadows of my famous father. He was some kind of genius in the area of economics…

As I was dyslexic, and the public opinion of me was that I was a moron and a failure, he took it on himself to tutor me in my schoolwork, so I can succeed.

His idea of learning was to memorize. I wasn’t willing. I wasn’t able. My whole being rebelled against it… I much preferred to be called a moron to force-feeding.


Hungary is famous for two geese related products: goose liver and white dawn filling… People all over the world fight force-feeding ducks and geese, but they are force-fed ideas and don’t even know it.

He, himself, never memorized anything. He always looked at the big picture and gleaned from it the connections force-fed people never make.

But the problem is that people that can, normally can’t teach it. And people that can’t, can only teach what they learned from others. Unconscious competence doesn’t connect to conscious incompetence: where all teaching must take place.

In order to be taught, you must declare yourself incompetent

In order to be taught, you must declare yourself incompetent, so what you know, right or wrong, doesn’t prevent you from hearing what is being taught. So a teacher must be able to connect to the level where you are placing yourself: conscious incompetence, the level where you know you don’t know.

be unreasonable... be an individual

Positive Deviants

People, like my father, never had to go through that level: he tapped into a well of brilliance where it caused him to be instantly unconsciously competent.

One Reply to “Updated: Can your teacher teach you what you want to learn?”

  1. Sophie,

    I think you also teach active learning. Learning where we the students are real participants, not just receivers. Sometimes I wish the Activator energies were more effective for me. That’s clearly the lazy moocher in me. This is such an area of resistance for me. I squirm and strategize in an attempt to keep from actually working at something I said I wanted. Ugh. I could puke for 2 reasons: A) From disgust, B.) From real fear of not being able to do thing. Second puke probably a better to live through.


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