Something to think about...


I just started reading Blind Spots: Why Smart People Do Dumb Things (Madeleine L. Van Hecke, PhD) and the opening started with a powerful quote by John Dewey (1933). The work and wisdom of John Dewey were a big part of my journey to becoming an educator. I wanted to share his words with you. (I bolded the last part for emphasis.)

"Open-mindedness...may be defined as freedom from prejudice, partisanship, and such other habits as close the mind and make it unwilling to consider new problems and entertain new ideas. (But) it is very different from empty-mindedness. While it is hospitality to new themes, facts, ideas, questions, it is not the kind of hospitality that would be indicated by hanging a sign "Come right in, there is nobody at home." It includes an active desire to listen to more sides than one; to give heed to facts from whatever source they come; to give full attention to alternative possibilities; to recognize the possibility of error even in the beliefs that are dearest to us."

I am looking forward to reading this book!


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