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  1. Introduction to the theory of Evolution
  2. Importance of 'interest in subjects' among students
  3. Example of 'The allegory of the cave' by Plato
  4. Preexisting beliefs and 'new ideas'
  5. Importance of 'trust' in understanding the subject
  6. Conclusion

Creationism was the prevalent education style used to explain how the Earth came to be and how humans came to be. When the theory of Evolution came into being, teachers began telling students about it. Obviously there was an enormous amount of reluctance to teach this new idea as well as learn and accept it. This is one of the first well-documented examples of people's reluctance to a new idea, which was extremely controversial yet eventually gained much acceptance and popularity.

[...] Plato and education Creationism was the prevalent education style used to explain how the Earth came to be and how humans came to be. When the theory of Evolution came into being, teachers began telling students about it. Obviously there was an enormous amount of reluctance to teach this new idea as well as learn and accept it. This is one of the first well-documented examples of people's reluctance to a new idea, which was extremely controversial yet eventually gained much acceptance and popularity. [...]


[...] A student must trust the teacher and what he or she is telling that student. However, Bain asserts that the students must be interested and engage the teacher in questioning why this is true. By doing this, students are allowed to think on their own and pull their own truth from what they've learned and what the teacher is telling them. The teacher is there as an educated informer- sent to deliver a message, but not enforce it. Students need to put aside what they've learned in the past, momentarily, to fully understand what their teacher is explaining to them. [...]

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