I started reading the book ‘Dialogue and The Art of Thinking Together’. The author explains that “dialogue” is a Greek word and means ‘flow of meaning’. He believes that dialogue is a tool that can surface our understandings and perceptions, contrary to what occurs in a usual conversation which participants attend well prepared for it. In other words, in a dialogue you tend to explore uncertainties and try to think together and not just to report old thoughts. If a system moves away from dialogue then people are generally getting stuck in one of the following positions, either being movers, initiating ideas, others followers, who just do what is said, opposers who challenge what is said, and bystanders who actively provide perspective on what is happening. In a non-dialogic situation there are some roles that are excluded and actions are non-balanced. Ideas are expressed one after another before getting established or acted upon. A healthy system is one that dialogue happens between all roles and leads to a balance between the four roles in a dynamic sense.
After reading the first few chapters, I somehow get the sense that our education system has a similar deficiency and in some way or another, has moved away from “dialogue”. I will explore this idea more in this blog.