Thinking Citizen Blog — The Thymus Analogy and Thinking Citizenship
Thinking Citizen Blog — Friday is Education and Education Policy Day
Today’s Topic — The Thymus Analogy and Thinking Citizenship
Do you know what your thymus gland is? Do you know where it is? Do you know how its size changes over time? Should you? Whatthe heck is the “thymus analogy”? The thymus is a gland located under your sternum, right above your heart. It is very large in newborns and shrinks with time. It is where T-cells of the immune system mature and morph into the Killer Cells we need to fight infection. Think of a functional thymus as a functional educational system that trains thinking citizens to fight toxic ideas. Our educational system is a dysfunctional thymus. A dysfunctional thymus is a formula for civic disaster. Welcome to the USA, 2022. Today, a renewed plea to my readers to embrace the life long discipline of thinking citizenship by starting today with the Thinking Citizenship test best taken with family and friends rather than alone.
Experts — please chime in. Correct, elaborate, elucidate.
CAN YOU MAKE STRONG CASE FOR ALL THREE SIDES IN THE NEXT ELECTION (left, right, and center) MARSHALING PRINCIPLES, FACTS, AND SOLUTIONS FOR EACH OF THE SEVEN ISSUES SO IMPORTANT THEY SHOULD INFLUENCE YOUR DECISION?
1. If not, you are a patsy at the poker table of American politics.
2. It’s a free country. You can choose to be a patsy. Or you can choose not to play.
3. But I think those are the wrong choices. What do you think?
NB: The thinking citizenship life long discipline is really synonymous with rigorous debate training, which is basically the heart of what you learn in law school. The younger the child, the faster they learn and the longer they remember. Thinking citizenship training should begin at home. The sooner the better.
IF YOU HAVEN’T MASTERED ALL SEVEN ISSUES, YOU CAN’T POSSIBLY PRIORITIZE THEM. WITHOUT PRIORITIZING THEM (and weighting them), RATIONAL
VOTING DECISIONS ARE IMPOSSIBLE
1. The 10,000 hour rule roughly holds for thinking citizenship as for any other life skill worth acquiring.
2. But to maintain the skill requires a life long commitment beyond that.
3. Are you ready to commit?
NB: Take the Thinking Citizenship test before you go to bed tonight. Grade yourself. Find out how low that baseline is. I flunked 15 years ago. It took me 10 years to pass. (By a hair, mind you.)
WHAT DOES YOUR THINKING CITIZENSHIP CALENDAR LOOK LIKE?
1. If it’s not on the calendar, it’s not going to happen.
2. Continuity is key to depth of thought. I assign each of the seven issues a specific day of the week. What do you do?
3. Reading without writing is like eating without digesting. Do you keep a thinking citizenship journal? If not, why not?
NB: For more suggestions, check out the Thinking Citizenship website (third link below) If you find it interesting, please forward the link to your digital family of friends and acquaintances.
THE LAST FOUR YEARS OF POSTS ORGANIZED THEMATICALLY ARE AVAILABLE HERE:
#2 “39 Songs, Prayers, and Poems: the Keys to the Hearts of Seven Billion People” — Adams House Senior Common Room Presentation, 11/17/20
Please share the coolest thing you learned in the last week related to education or education policy. Or the coolest thought however half-baked you had. Or the coolest, most important thing you learned in your life related to education or education policy that the rest of us may have missed. Or just some random education-related fact that blew you away.
This is your chance to make some one’s day. Or to cement in your own mind something that you might otherwise forget. Or to think more deeply than otherwise about something that is dear to your heart.