Slogans and Surface Thinking

I posted the following words, today, on the education blog of the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, entitled, “Get Schooled.” The blog’s moderator had posted an article by a writer who had observed that teachers had been trying to inspire their students with the following three slogans:
“You can be anything you want to be.”
“Never back down.”
“Be a leader, not a follower.”

The moderator had posed the following challenge to readers of that blog: “So, all you motivators think of the  consequences of these slogans and explain the pitfalls of taking them at  face value. . . .”

The below was my post, in response:

“All three slogans encourage perceiving in one-dimensional, trite thoughts. For students to learn to think in that manner is diminishing to students’ interior growth, as well as diminishing to how students will perceive reality, the world, and others. Education must foster more depth of understanding than these slogans allow. Teachers who, themselves, think in the surface manner indicated by these three slogans do not serve their students well when they encourage their students to perceive reality with the shallowness indicated by these slogans. If a succinct axiom for living is desired to share with one’s students, I would suggest simply the aphorism, ‘Know thyself.’ That challenge for the student will open the possibility for greater depth of exploration through many avenues of thought. And, it will hold the interest of the student over time.

I recently finished reading a book entitled, ‘Dying to Be Me,’ by Anita Moorjani. This book explores discovering who one is with authenticity, and through the depth of personal experiences which have been explored in creative and unorthodox ways. Some readers of this blog may want to check it out.”


My 2013 New Year’s message for readers of “Mary Elizabeth Sings” will be posted next week. My post will be based on awarenesses shared by Anita Moorjani in her book, “Dying to Be Me.”

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