I would say that thinking for oneself is a key factor in self-directed learning; not taking everything at face value or believing something just because some “expert” says it’s true.
It is astonishing how often people forget to think for themselves. It is a trait that is actively discouraged in our schools and by our media. Peddlers of medicine or dogma or party politics don’t want people to ask too many questions, and all too often, the people comply.
The last 24-48 hours have been filled with a lot of stories, accusations, judgments and opinions. Some of it directly related to the unschooling community, and some playing out on a national scale.
What should we believe?
Sometimes it is impossible to know for sure. But we can do research, we can use our brains and do our best not to be swayed by marketing or propaganda. We can resurrect our common sense and that innate instinct of right and wrong that most of us have, even if it has gone unused for some time.
As the Buddha said, “Believe nothing, no matter where you read it or who has said it, not even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”
In other words, think for yourself.