I know of lots of people that did just that, they were told something as a child and they decided on believing it, sans questioning, it was 'sold' to
them as advantageous, that there was rewards for being on 'their side' which essentially meant blaming an innocent for that which they didn't do and
sticking to it for financial reward. Obviously they were acting unethically and hopefully karma will show them their injustice in a way that makes
them renege on their ill gotten gains.
A certain facet of older generations are more inclined to such behaviour, they have rigid opinions that they have held for years such as 'not wearing
a certain colour', 'not liking certain foods (even if never tried)', 'not travelling to certain lands', 'not swaying from their religious/political
beliefs', 'not accepting those that have differing opinions to theirs' etc.
I work in art and education and I am also doing Postgrad study which involves research, I am naturally open minded and naturally inclined to higher
order thinking which I really have to have when doing research as a lot of the theory I have to write about is new ground and untested, I have to
think of multiple outcomes and long term strategy /effect.
In contrast, many from older generations were brought up as children and young adults under more didactic, behaviourist regimes where they were told
''this is how it is, learn it'', it stifled their faculties for critical analysis and free will thinking.
Education is moving forward these days, the teaching methodology is more cognitive with aspects of humanist /Gestaltism, which IMO only works when
there is an equilibrium, there has to be an intelligent mixture from each end of the scale to enable factual knowledge as the basis for independent
research and analysis.
Hence, hopefully emerging generations will be more able to analyse in a more open minded way.
However, the dynamics that underpin societies attitudes to learning, and cultural influences that affect education, have been continually shifted
thanks to such factors as immigration and pop culture. So as educational theories and teaching practices become established based on a certain
demographic, only to find within 5 years that demographic has significantly altered, it poses additional strains on education to adapt practices to
account for the shift in the demographic, that the government that sets the education standards didn't account for. Education playing catch up to
government policy should not be the modus operandi.
edit on 6-4-2015 by theabsolutetruth because: (no reason given)