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Education through intellectual exercise

Intellectual education is situated at the base of cognition and is completed by other types of education.

Intellectual education has the goal to form intellectual individual offering a system of knowledge that is fundamental for each person. Its role is to develop intellectual capacities and abilities. Intellectual education starts with cognitive techniques: writing, reading, counting, and ability to complete knowledge with derivate information from known information.

Intellectual education is based on mental activity that results in skills, abilities, aptitudes and capacities. Through intellectual activity a person gets personality being intellectually educated. And at its turn a personality differs from person having unique interests, skills and intellectual level.

So if the main objective of intellectual education is cognition, then the main goal of intellectual education is to form independent personality with unique thinking. It is also oriented upon self-development. Intellectually independent person features an independent way of thinking and an independent way of acting. Independent thinking means own values deduced from life experience; own life concepts based on reality and facts; own goals and tendencies; own arguments and explanations; etc.

Intellectual education is not just a huge collection of facts, events, phenomena, or theories; it is also practical application of knowledge.

There are several theories that help accumulate knowledge. One of them is behaviorism. Behaviorism is a science that studies human behavior. This theory explains that at the base of human behavior is situated experience. Human spirit of an adult is an empty pot that during his/her life is filled with experience. While, spirit of a child is a white sheet of paper "tabula rasa", on which can be written everything.

The behaviorist theory sustains that cognition is the result of interdependent stimulus and reaction to it. This action-reaction system is also called associationism.

The neurons are highly stimulated by action-reaction repetition that becomes a habit. Basing on this were practiced techniques of learning and teaching like: repetition, punishments, exercise, etc.
It has to be mentioned that intellectual education offers only raw knowledge that need to be adapted to each person or by each person. It doesn't develop some kind of talents or features that are not linked with intellectual activity, unless intellectual skills lead to development of other capacities.

In our days intellectual level of people is very different. In modern world society there are analphabets and geniuses. There are no limits to cognition and there are no rules that can determine how much information one should know. But we can say for sure there is a substantial difference between an intellectually educated person and an intellectually undeveloped one. Intellectual abilities open doors and assure half of ones success. Knowledge has never destroyed people, ignorance did.

 

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