Learning from mistakes

Hey Readers!!!!

In TOK today….
we talked about the classic story of Adam and Eve and I asked myself why did the ”God” who is supposed to be all forgiving react so strongly when Eve and Adam took an apple from the Tree of Knowledge? Would he rather they didnt obtain the knowledge. Some claim it was a matter of principle and the reaction to disobedience ; I myself am not really sure. Although I didnt have an answer to the question it did make me consider something else:Without knowing what evil is you cannot be good. This in my oppinion is true. This relates to how a child is brought up.

For example (this may sound silly) if a child lived in an environment where their parents greeted eachother by punching eachother in the face , when the child goes to school they may punch someone in the face and say ‘hello.’ Now of course they would get in trouble and they would know it is wrong but until they knew that was wrong they wouldn’t proceed onto what is right (i.e- saying hello or shaking someone’s hand.)This child would know for future reference that that was wrong and every time he comes to say hello to someone, even if he had no idea what the right way was ,he would know that punching someone in the face was defenitely the wrong way.

So lets apply this to everyday life , something i’m sure we have all experienced: especially in the I.B; in school generally or even out of school. When you do a test and the teacher gives you back your result, you see your result and many of us mentally kick ourself at a silly mistake we made; we automatically say to our neighbour ‘i knew that!’ The next time we come to do a test on that particular subject we have that mistake imprinted on our mind and are often sure not to make it again. Take a chemistry test last year, I, by mistake, did a calculation with mass in kg when it was supposed to be grams. The next time a similar question came up I was very pedantic about double checking my answer. The funny thing is although I got that right I made a mistake on something I had previously got right. I’m sure we’ve all been there too. Now making a mistake in our exam may not be evil but you get the idea.
I may have gone off on a tangent but I suppose that is what TOK is really about;you dont realise your rambling until you look down and see you’ve already written 2 paragraphs on one point and ‘400 and something words’ in such a short space of time. So yeah to finish up , you have to make mistakes more to succeed and you retain knowledge more when you previously got it wrong.

bye for know 🙂


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. chtok
    Sep 30, 2012 @ 12:26:44

    Interesting, Chanel. The ability to learn from our mistakes is a hugely important one. In fact, you might be interested to know that a top girls’ school in Wimbledon was planning a ‘failure week’ in February this year to ‘teach pupils to embrace risk, build resilience and learn from their mistakes.’
    I like the way you are already making the links between what we talk about in TOK and your own experience.


  2. Diane Shields
    Oct 15, 2012 @ 20:41:57

    I really liked this 🙂 v interesting babe xx


  3. Diane Shields
    Oct 15, 2012 @ 20:42:40

    p.s. bye for now* (not know) 😛 sorry…


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