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Not that I find the subject itself uninteresting, but when the exam contains questions unlike this:
what characterizes visual perception?
and like this:
what are the four words that characterize visual perception?
you wonder whether they even expect you to learn anything.
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Not true. My father will be 60 this year and he has never ceased to amaze me. In the early 90s he was the one who pushed my brother and I into computers and had us using these things called bulletin boards and "The Internet" whatever that was. He manages to keep up with the times.
My grandfather as well who is in his mid to late seventies. He loves cell phones, gadgets, car computer maps, all that jazz and he always manages to at least keep pace with the times.
So no, there's isn't a time when you "Just don't get it"... unless your mental abilities themselves begin to deminish.
The only real problem with education is dull, miserable monotony, that blunts the mind and starves people of motivation. A teacher does not nescessarily need to have an ultimate encyclopedic knowledge of the subject they are teaching, and even if they did, wouldn't they be singled out for more taxing and industrious roles in their own fields?
The single most important factor of learning, or teaching, is being motivated. You have to see a reason in what you are doing. As a teacher, your only job is to encourage curiousity, and that will start the snowball rolling down the hill. Unfortunately, with the bleak and depressing world we live in today, it is becoming increasingly difficult for both sides, and thus the system we have been bound to for centuries is slowly collapsing in on itself. Currently, and historically speaking with mass education being relatively young (only half a millenia or so, and still not even worldwide), all we have is a yoke with a carrot dangling from it. Now that we are beginning to realise that, it is not enough anymore.
What are we really learning for? And why the christ did I just say all that? I must have had a reason, I seem to have misplaced it somewhere...